Freescale Semiconductor has introduced its third-generation multicore DSP based on next-generation SC3400 StarCore technology. The MSC8144 DSP is engineered to deliver leading-edge performance, reduce system costs and significantly increase channel densities for next-generation wireline and wireless infrastructure applications providing voice, video and data services.

The MSC8144 provides an optimal DSP solution for wireline infrastructure applications, such as carrier-class trunking, enterprise VoIP media gateways and video-conferencing servers. Wireless applications served by the MSC8144 include wireless voice transcoding and IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) gateways, video multipoint conferencing units, baseband cards for 3G, Super 3G and WiMAX base stations, and layer 2 processing in radio network controllers (RNCs).

Based on Freescale's advanced 90 nm silicon-on-insulator technology, the MSC8144 DSP will be available in 1 GHz and 800 MHz versions in a 783-pin, 29 mm x 29 mm FC-PBGA (flip-chip plastic ball grid array) package. General sampling is planned for the third quarter. Suggested resale pricing in 10,000-unit quantities starts at $180.