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P.A. Semi is now sampling its dual-core PA6T-1682M PWRficient processor based
on the Power Architecture™ technology. The PWRficient processor is engineered to
deliver unprecedented performance per watt, consuming just 5-13W of power
(typical) at 2 GHz, making it 300-400 percent more power efficient than
competing processors. Device samples of the 1682M and PWRficient Evaluation Kits
are available now. Each PAEV-1682M-001 PWRficient Evaluation Kit is priced at
$ 8,500; 1682M engineering samples are priced at $ 700 each.

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P.A. Semi, Inc.-a fabless semiconductor startup developing the
high-performance, low-power PWRficient™ processor family-today announced that,
after nearly three years of development, it is now sampling its dual-core
PA6T-1682M PWRficient processor based on the Power Architecture™ technology. The
PWRficient processor is engineered to deliver unprecedented performance per
watt, consuming just 5-13W of power (typical) at 2 GHz, making it 300-400
percent more power efficient than competing processors. P.A. Semi also announced
more than 100 initial customer engagements, with 10 alpha customers and
associated development and support infrastructure.

“The industry recently awoke to the need to move to energy-efficient processors,
and the release of our first PWRficient processor, which is up to 400 percent
more power-efficient than other high-performance processors, marks a significant
milestone for P.A. Semi to satisfy those needs,” says Dan Dobberpuhl, president
and C.E.O. of P.A. Semi. “Successfully delivering on the PWRficient processor’s
aggressive power and performance metrics, while also building out our support
and sales infrastructure, has helped to generate strong customer interest and
widespread adoption.”

CUSTOMER TRACTION AND TARGET MARKETS
The PWRficient processors’ performance, cost and energy efficiency have seen
major customer traction in the multibillion-dollar embedded computing and
control markets since its formal announcement in fall of 2005. P.A. Semi has
secured more than 100 customer engagements and 10 alpha customers, including
Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing, Extreme Engineering Solutions
(X-ES), Mercury Computer Systems, Performance Technologies, Splitted-Desktop
Systems and Themis Computer. Additionally, P.A. Semi is working with all the top
businesses in a broad range of market segments, including networking, wireless
infrastructure, storage, and the military and aerospace markets.

This deployment is underpinned by a worldwide sales force that includes both
direct and indirect sales, with Nu Horizons Electronics Corporation taking the
lead on all distribution activities in the U.S., UK, India, Australia and China,
and Clavis Company, a division of Macnica, Inc., heading up distribution in
Japan. Additionally, more than 100 sales persons, via P.A. Semi’s
representatives, are covering all areas of the globe. A complete list of
representatives by geographic region is available at www.pasemi.com.

“In recent years, the sophistication and types of services applied to packets
and streams in the Internet, and especially intranets, have redoubled at the
same time that overall traffic is growing rapidly,” said John Wakerly,
consulting professor at Stanford University and former CTO of Cisco Systems
Routing Technology Group. “The result is an astonishing increase in the number
of general-purpose-CPU instructions that must be executed within the network,
creating a crucial need for high-performance, I/O-rich multicore microprocessors
that can pack large amounts of computing and packet-handling power within a
small power envelope, such as those offered by P.A. Semi. The need for such
‘platform processors’ extends well beyond traditional routing control planes and
data planes to the growing array of embedded network services, such as security,
authentication, content customization, voice over IP, unified messaging and
converged video solutions.”

PWRFICIENT PA6T-1682M

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The P.A. Semi PA6T-1682M, developed in 65-nanometer process technology, is a
64-bit dual-core microprocessor, designed from the ground up, based on the
company’s Power Architecture license from IBM. The 1682M integrates what is
typically a three- to five-chip-set platform into a single chip, called a
“platform processor.” Total device power dissipation is 5-13W (typical), and
worst-case power is 25W, with both CPUs running at 2 GHz and all peripherals
active. This is three times to four times lower power than other processor
solutions implemented in 65-nanometer process technology with equivalent
peripherals support.

The 1682M features two 2-GHz processors (each with its own dual-integer,
floating-point, and VMX vector-processing units), 2 MB of level two cache, two
DDR-2 memory controllers and hardware assist engines for TCP/IP acceleration,
security, CRC checksum and XOR computation. The device also integrates a
flexible I/O subsystem that supports eight PCI Express controllers, two
10-Gigabit Ethernet controllers and four Gigabit Ethernet controllers that share
24 configurable SERDES lanes.

DEVELOPMENT TOOLS AND SUPPORT
P.A. Semi, a member of Power.org, has developed a comprehensive tools and
support environment for its PWRficient processor family that enables customers
to bring up new hardware quickly and debug complex interactions among multiple
processors. The PWRficient Evaluation Kit (PAEV-1682M-001) includes an ATX-form-factor
evaluation board that features two native 1-Gb Ethernet ports, 1-, 4- and
16-lane PCIe, and four DDR-2 DIMM sockets; the board supports two 10Gb Ethernet
ports with the optional Network Adapter Pack. The kit also includes firmware,
operating system and debug support and is packaged in an ATX-chassis with a
power supply.

Operating system (OS) support for the dual-core device includes Linux, QNX
Neutrino and VxWorks. Other standard OSs are running in the lab, and support
will be announced when validation is complete. P.A. Semi provides reference
firmware source code based on the open-source common firmware environment that
customers can use directly or as a guide to porting their own firmware.

Also available is a complete Software Development Kit that includes Board
Support Packages for these operating systems plus a GNU-based software tool
chain. In addition, other multicore software development suites and tools (e.g.,
Wind River’s Workbench On-Chip Debugging, Corelis’s CodeSymphony and QNX’s
Momentics) and hardware debug probes and emulators (Wind River’s ICE and Probe,
Corelis’s USB-1149.1/E controller) are available for the 1682M.

P.A. Semi has also deployed key training and support infrastructure designed to
provide customers with all the resources needed to quickly and successfully
integrate the 1682M into their own environments. These resources include a
customer-support portal, an e-mail support hot line and worldwide programs
offering both in-person and web-based training.

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
Device samples of the 1682M and PWRficient Evaluation Kits are available now.
Fully qualified production availability of the 1682M will occur in Q407. Device
pricing information is available from the local P.A. Semi sales representative
at [email protected] Each PAEV-1682M-001 PWRficient Evaluation Kit is priced
at $ 8,500; 1682M engineering samples are priced at $ 700 each.