AppliedMicro PacketPro™ APM8669x Processors Enable Domain Protection for Industry’s Most Advanced System Partitioning

Applied Micro Circuits Corporation, or AppliedMicro (NASDAQ:AMCC), today announced "Black Mamba" APM8669x, the highest performing member of its PacketPro2™ family of multi-core processors which offers the industry’s premier virtualization and domain protection capabilities designed to keep systems operating continuously. As growing numbers of developers integrate multiple systems into one processor, contention among these systems for shared resources can cause performance degradation, creating the need for more advanced partitioning capabilities. The domain protection capabilities of the APM8669x enable developers to isolate subsystems from impacting one another by averting on-chip conflicts.

With industry-leading throughput for multifunction printers, enterprise control plane, consumer NAS systems, wireless access points and industrial applications, the APM8669x family features dual 1.4GHz PowerPC® 465 cores, high-speed I/O, advanced offload acceleration engines, intelligent packet processing and AppliedMicro’s versatile ARM–based SLIMpro™ subsystem.

The unique features of the APM8669x family enable AppliedMicro’s domain protection to run two or more subsystems simultaneously and independently without performance degradation, bandwidth contention, or security compromises. By enforcing a hardware-based virtual partition among subsystems, domain protection addresses a critical problem for embedded applications by preventing one operating system from monopolizing all the bandwidth to a resource thereby causing another operating system to starve.

"Domain protection is a critical capability as more systems trend towards a virtualized environment where multiple applications running simultaneously require their own dedicated processing resources," said Majid Bemanian, Senior Director of Marketing for the AppliedMicro Computing Business Unit. "Our customers recognize the unique value of domain protection as they develop mission-critical systems demanding resiliency, redundancy, and failover protection for embedded systems that integrate multiple subsystem into one multi-core SoC."

"Our recent survey of embedded engineers shows that among the most frequently cited advantages of the use of virtualization are the secure partitioning of guest operating systems and the ability to run and manage multiple operating systems," said Jared Weiner, Analyst with the Embedded Software & Tools practice at VDC Research. "AppliedMicro’s Domain Protection in the APM8669x family of multi-core processors is clearly aligned with the advantages noted by these developers. Domain protection could help embedded engineers adopt virtualization and make systems more reliable and deliver better quality of service."

In addition to domain protection, the APM8669x family features the PacketPro2 SoC architecture to provide advanced hardware offloads, traffic classification, policing and rate shaping, inline and look-aside security, and a cryptographic boundary. These features support the delivery of the industry’s most advanced capabilities in security, energy-efficiency, system throughput, and reliability.

Both the single-core APM86691 and dual-core APM86692 SoCs feature the PowerPC 465 with floating point unit manufactured in a 40-nm TSMC® process. It also features 32KB L1 Cache, 256KB L2 Cache per core, 32KB On-Chip SRAM, 64-bit DDR3 memory controller with optional ECC, four 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, 2 RGMII or 4 SGMII, three USB ports with integrated PHY (2 Host and 1 OTG) lanes, two USB 2.0 hosts with integrated PHYs, HDLC controller, and two SATA 2.0 ports.

Embedded system developers are invited to see how the advanced domain protection capabilities of the Black Mamba APM8669x family provide enhanced system reliability, lower BOM costs and accelerated time-to-market. To schedule a demonstration, contact Bemanian at

Samples of AppliedMicro’s APM8669x family are available now. For more information about PacketPro and other AppliedMicro processing products, visit:

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