Power Architecture


When it Matters, Use Power Architecture® Technology. Power Architecture technology is an instruction set architecture that spans applications from satellites to automotive control to servers. Initially developed by IBM, Motorola and Apple, Power Architecture technology has since gained support from the world's most innovative brands and become the preferred platform for many mission critical applications and markets. Freescale offers the broadest portfolio of single–, dual– and multicore processors built on the technology, providing exceptional performance and superb reliability. Whether you're designing a high–end networking application or an automotive system, you'll find the integration expertise and comprehensive ecosystem you need with Freescale's Power Architecture processor families.

Freescale actively participates in the ongoing development of the instruction set architecture and develops its own core technologies built for embedded application use. We have built our very streamlined, power efficient e200 cores for automotive MCUs (and also openly license this core through our partner IPExtreme). Our e500mc cores are optimized for use in multicore networking applications. One of latest core innovations is the e6500 64-bit multithreaded core for very high-performance computing and communications.


QorIQ Communications Processors A highly integrated architecture that includes Power Architecture cores, accelerators and security. The platforms include the QorIQ P series (the evolution of our leading PowerQUICC line) and QorIQ T Series communications platform, as well as the QorIQ Qonverge Platform that includes DSP integration. While initially designed for the networking market, these high-performance SoCs are gaining popularity in the industrial marketplace as well.

PowerQUICC Communications Processors The PowerQUICC families built on Power Architecture support the entire spectrum of embedded networking equipment applications, from the core to residential access.

Qorivva Microcontrollers Freescale's automotive qualified 32-bit processors utilizing Power Architecture deliver integrated single and multicore solutions for powertrain control, body electronics, safety and chassis, and instrument cluster applications.

Host Processors Freescale's Power Architecture host processors employ e500 and e600 cores to deliver breakthrough performance, connectivity and integration for embedded networking, telecom, aerospace and defense, storage and industrial computing applications.

Power Architecture Solutions Table

Power Architecture Solutions Table

A snapshot overview of the broad Freescale Power Architecture portfolio. View our Power Architecture products by core and by application.

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Power Architecture technology addresses a wide range of implementations from revolutionary communication processors to highly integrated embedded microcontrollers. Freescale's Power Architecture products deliver breakthrough performance, connectivity and integration for embedded networking, telecom, aerospace, defense and industrial computing applications. Power Architecture technology is behind millions of innovative products, including the world's fastest supercomputers with every phone call, email and web page touching hundreds of Power Architecture systems.


The foundation for Power Architecture technology was originally developed by IBM in the early 1980s and steadily advanced through collaborative efforts with leading developers from around the world. The POWER acronym is derived from Performance Optimization With Enhanced RISC and has evolved into the Power Architecture platform today. It represents a rich history of technical innovations and market–right solutions.

Power Architecture technology began as a collaboration between Motorola (now Freescale Semiconductor), IBM and Apple–a three–way partnership defining an optimized architecture for general purpose computing. Adoption of the Power Architecture brand system is encouraged today to enable powerful, consistent and simplified communications.


The Power.org community, announced in 2004, is the open standards organization for developing, enabling and promoting Power Architecture technology and specifications. It represents an international cross-section of over 40 semiconductor and electronics organizations, as well as individual developers, educational institutions, and government organizations.

The combination of the flexibility and scalability of Power Architecture technology and the broad–based community collaboration model of Power.org accelerates platform innovation, thereby reducing development costs.

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