QorIQ® Layerscape LX2160A

Multicore Communications Processor

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  • 16x Arm® Cortex®-A72 cores at 2.2GHz at 0.8V
  • 18 Ethernet controllers with support for 1, 2.5, 10, 25, 40, 50 and 100 Gbps
  • Hardware acceleration using DPAA2 with 100Gbps of decompression/compression and 50Gbps SEC
  • 6x PCIe Gen4.0 controllers (2x supporting SR-IOV) and 4x SATA3.0 controllers

The highest performance member of the Layerscape family, the LX2160 has the low power of FinFET process technology, 16 high-performance Arm® Cortex®-A72 cores, large caches, accelerators to 100Gbps, 100 Gigabit Ethernet, and PCIe Gen4, to enable machine learning, cloud-like computing, NFV at the network edge for greater application responsiveness, mobile edge computing, 5G packet processing, storage, and industrial applications.

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  • ARM® Cortex®-v8 A72 (64bit) with the following capabilities:
    • Speeds up to 2.2 GHz at 0.8V
    • 48 KB L1 Instruction Cache and 32 KB Data Cache for each core (ECC protection)


  • 8 MB Level 3 cache with ECC and on-chip memory module


  • Two 72-bit (64-bit + ECC) DDR4 SDRAM memory controllers
    • ECC and interleaving support
    • Up to 3.2 GT/s


  • Datapath acceleration architecture 2.0 (DPAA2)


  • 24 SerDes lanes at up to 25 Gbps


  • Ethernet interfaces supporting IEEE 1588
    • Up to 18 Ethernet MACs
    • Support for 10G-SXGMII (USXGMII)
    • Support for SGMII (and 1000Base-KX)
    • Support for XFI (and 10GBase-KR)
    • Support for CAUI4 (100G), CAUI2 (50G), 25G-AUI (25G)
    • Support for XLAUI4 (and 40GBase-KR4) for 40G
    • Support for two RGMII parallel interfaces
    • Energy-efficient support (802.3az)


  • High-speed peripheral interfaces
    • Two PCIe Gen 4.0 8-lane controllers supporting SR-IOV
    • Four PCIe Gen 4.0 4-lane controllers
    • Four serial ATA (SATA 3.0) controllers


  • Additional peripheral interfaces
    • Two USB 3.0 controllers with integrated PHY
    • Two enhanced secure digital host controllers
    • Two Controller Area Network (CAN) modules, optionally supporting Flexible Datarate
    • Flexible Serial Peripheral Interface (FlexSPI) and three Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) controllers
    • Eight I2C controllers
    • Four UARTs
    • General Purpose IO (GPIO)
  • 5G packet processing, network function virtualization
  • Smart NIC and storage controller
  • Industrial PCs, aerospace, measurement, industrial control