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NXP Semiconductors QorIQ® Layerscape LX2160A communications processor

The highest performance member of the Layerscape family, the LX2160 has the low power of FinFET process technology

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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.

Key features

  • 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


Additional features

  • 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

Available tools

  • LX2160A-RDB: The QorIQ® LX2160A reference design board provides a comprehensive platform that enables design and evaluation of the LX2160A processor. It comes pre-loaded with a board support package (BSP) based on a standard Linux kernel.
  • CodeWarrior Development Suites for Networked Applications
  • NXP Linux SDK v18.11 VortiQa Application Software
  • AIS – Application Identification Software
  • Enterprise Software for Networking
  • OND – Open Network Director Software
  • Professional Services & Support
  • Commercial Services
  • Linux SDK Support Package
  • Reference Design Software (RDS) Support Package

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