Exar and Freescale Collaborate on Low Standby Power Embedded Processing Solution

January 31, 2012 by Jeff Shepard

Exar Corp. and Freescale have collaborated in the development of a sub-1 watt solution offering lower standby power for enterprise and industrial applications. Energy efficiency has been a worldwide initiative for several years and has recently been accelerated by government regulation. Exar and Freescale have met this challenge with a solution that attains sub-1 watt standby power for Ethernet enabled advanced media processing applications. Coupling Freescale’s QorIQ communications platform utilizing the P1022 embedded processor, with Exar’s XRP7714 digital power controller on a plug-and-play board, gives system architects immediate access to many design options.

"We are excited to have participated with Freescale in delivering their latest low power solution," said Pete Johnson, senior product manager, Power Management products. "Increasingly, countries are adopting green initiatives and requiring manufacturers to achieve reduced power levels to offer far more energy efficient products. Energy Star requirements are driving a new level of energy efficient systems and our Power(XR) family enables Freescale’s P1022 family of processors to meet these stringent requirements by taking advantage of a symbiotic power controller and processing relationship."

"Exar’s Power(XR) technology allows our customers to dynamically control the system’s power rails enabling superior energy management to meet sub-1 watt regulatory standby requirements," said Bill Mercer, product manager at Freescale. "The ease of use and integrated functionality enables our customers to add valuable differentiators to their products."

Exar’s Power(XR) products fuse digital power-supply control and monitoring technology with high-performance analog circuitry in a new generation of digital power-management products that enable system architects to create products with advanced, integrated, switching power supplies that significantly reduce wasted energy and improve overall time to market compared to more commonly used linear power-supply regulators.