|By Business Wire||
|April 8, 2014 07:00 AM EDT||
(Freescale Technology Forum) – The world’s networks have become increasingly virtualized, giving rise to software-defined networking (SDN), open-standard protocols such as OpenFlow™ and other software-based approaches to network infrastructure. Concurrently, the Internet of Things (IoT) and the early definition of 5G technologies are dramatically growing the number of network endpoints, while adding to the worldwide flood of data which must be secured, analyzed and transported.
To address these fast-moving dynamics, Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL), the worldwide leader in embedded communications processors, is introducing the QorIQ LS2085A and LS2045A SoCs based on Layerscape architecture. In addition, Freescale continues to evolve its Power Architecture technology-based offerings with the introduction of three additional devices: the QorIQ T1023, T1024, and T4080 SoCs.
“We recognized the paradigm shift toward the era of SDN/NFV two years ago, when we first announced our next-generation of QorIQ platforms built on Layerscape architecture,” said Tom Deitrich, senior vice president and general manager of Freescale’s Digital Networking group. “With today’s introduction of QorIQ LS2 products, we are fulfilling our commitment to deliver exceptionally advanced SoC technology that simultaneously boosts ease-of-use for our customers while dramatically enhancing network performance.”
A new architecture for networking SoCs, built with ease-of-use in mind
The QorIQ LS2 architecture incorporates a processing domain built around the industry-leading 64-bit ARM Cortex®-A57 core. Tightly coupled to this domain is a set of debug, I/O and acceleration technologies, including a groundbreaking packet processing engine that abstracts hardware complexity and enables customers to focus their resources on innovation at the application level. This flexible data plane engine is C-programmable, which dramatically shortens development cycles and opens the architecture to a larger community of embedded developers. Additionally, the QorIQ LS2 packet processor is enabled with a vast toolkit of turnkey, C-based libraries of common networking protocols and functions which provide a link between flexibility and performance. Also included in the architecture, and designed to work closely with the datapath engine, is an integrated L2 switch, enabling interconnect and peripherals to provide a complete system-on-chip for reduced power, form factor, cost and part counts. Programming the entire multicore SoC is greatly simplified by abstracting tasks such as setup, initialization and teardown, and allows users to call resources and accelerators using standard APIs and Linux® objects.
“Freescale’s new QorIQ T-series and LS2-series processors reveal the company’s double-barreled strategy: deliver both Power Architecture and ARM based chips based on an innovative SoC architecture featuring a C-programmable, run-to-completion packet engine designed for ease-of-use, as well as high performance,” said Linley Gwennap, principal analyst for The Linley Group. “Particularly notable is the QorIQ LS2085A -- which has eight 64-bit Cortex-57 cores and raises the performance bar for embedded processors optimized for communications.”
Introducing the QorIQ LS2 Family of SoCs based on ARM technology
Optimized for networking applications, the new QorIQ LS2085A and LS2045A processors based on Layerscape architecture feature: eight and four 64-bit ARM Cortex-A57 cores respectively, running up to 2GHz; DDR4 memory controllers; eight 10Gb interfaces; and eight 1Gb interfaces with L2 switch capabilities. The products’ advanced datapath engine is capable of 40 Gb/s complex packet processing with acceleration technology. The QorIQ LS2 family is specifically designed for SDN/OpenFlow switching, NFV solutions, wireless access, enterprise routing, and data center processing applications. The new product line raises the bar for the industry with plans for a complete ARMv8-A-based portfolio of multicore processors to be disclosed later in 2014.
QorIQ T Series processors – continuing Power Architecture innovation
Highlighting its commitment to expand a software-compatible upgrade path for its vast portfolio of Power Architecture designs, Freescale today also is introducing three new members of its 28-nm, 64-bit QorIQ families with the introduction of the QorIQ T1023, T1024, and T4080 64-bit processors. In conjunction with its new QorIQ LS2 family, Freescale’s customers now have the widest selection of 64-bit Power Architecture- or ARM-based devices, delivering exceptional power/performance options.
The new QorIQ T1023 and T1024 processors combine seamless application software scalability with an outstanding offload performance upgrade path for the popular QorIQ P1 family and PowerQUICC processors. The T1023 device targets 802.11ac smart edge WLAN access points and branch routers, while the T1024 SoC delivers cost-effective upgrades for printing and imaging, traditional control applications and line cards. These new processors integrate performance-leading Power Architecture e5500 processor cores with advanced cache architectures running up to 1.4GHz, as well as an application-leading offload engine, and a future-proof, low-power memory subsystem.
The QorIQ T4080 processor further expands the QorIQ T4 family’s scalability range. It is pin-compatible with the T4160 and T4240 processors, enabling customers to design several products from a single PCB. The QorIQ T4080 is ideal for application delivery controllers and WAN optimization controllers due to its highly efficient accelerators for deep packet inspection, bulk encryption, and compression. The T4080 integrates the high performance AltiVec engine and leverages four dual-threaded, Power Architecture-based e6500 cores running up to 1.67GHz.
Freescale’s QorIQ LS2 family LS2045A and LS2085A devices are planned for availability in 2H 2014. General sampling of the QorIQ T1023 and T1024 devices is planned for November 2014. General sampling for the T4080 SoC is planned for June 2014. In addition, Freescale will show new demonstrations based on the QorIQ LS2 processors this week at FTF Americas, showcasing the new packet processing engine, performance analysis capabilities, and ease of use toolkit.
Tweet this: @Freescale’s next-gen #QorIQ LS2 family and Power Architecture T series SoCs advance world’s new virtualized networks
About Freescale Semiconductor
Freescale Semiconductor is a global leader in embedded processing solutions, providing industry leading products that are advancing the automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets. From microprocessors and microcontrollers to sensors, analog integrated circuits and connectivity - our technologies are the foundation for the innovations that make our world greener, safer, healthier and more connected. Some of our key applications and end-markets include automotive safety, hybrid and all-electric vehicles, next generation wireless infrastructure, smart energy management, portable medical devices, consumer appliances and smart mobile devices. The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing and sales operations around the world. http://www.freescale.com.
Freescale, the Freescale logo, QorIQ and PowerQUICC are trademarks of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm.Off. Layerscape is a trademark of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. All product or service names are the property of their respective owners. ARM and Cortex are trademarks or registered trademarks of ARM Ltd. or its subsidiaries in the EU and/or elsewhere. All rights reserved. The Power Architecture and Power.org word marks and the Power and Power.org logos and related marks are trademarks and service marks licensed by Power.org. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. © 2014 Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
Kubernetes is a new and revolutionary open-sourced system for managing containers across multiple hosts in a cluster. Ansible is a simple IT automation tool for just about any requirement for reproducible environments. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 18th Cloud Expo, Patrick Galbraith, a principal engineer at HPE, discussed how to build a fully functional Kubernetes cluster on a number of virtual machines or bare-metal hosts. Also included will be a brief demonstration of running a Galera MyS...
Dec. 5, 2016 04:30 AM EST Reads: 5,200
Internet-of-Things discussions can end up either going down the consumer gadget rabbit hole or focused on the sort of data logging that industrial manufacturers have been doing forever. However, in fact, companies today are already using IoT data both to optimize their operational technology and to improve the experience of customer interactions in novel ways. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Gordon Haff, Red Hat Technology Evangelist, will share examples from a wide range of industries – includin...
Dec. 5, 2016 04:15 AM EST Reads: 1,608
We're entering the post-smartphone era, where wearable gadgets from watches and fitness bands to glasses and health aids will power the next technological revolution. With mass adoption of wearable devices comes a new data ecosystem that must be protected. Wearables open new pathways that facilitate the tracking, sharing and storing of consumers’ personal health, location and daily activity data. Consumers have some idea of the data these devices capture, but most don’t realize how revealing and...
Dec. 5, 2016 04:00 AM EST Reads: 5,092
Unless your company can spend a lot of money on new technology, re-engineering your environment and hiring a comprehensive cybersecurity team, you will most likely move to the cloud or seek external service partnerships. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Darren Guccione, CEO of Keeper Security, revealed what you need to know when it comes to encryption in the cloud.
Dec. 5, 2016 04:00 AM EST Reads: 4,678
Organizations planning enterprise data center consolidation and modernization projects are faced with a challenging, costly reality. Requirements to deploy modern, cloud-native applications simultaneously with traditional client/server applications are almost impossible to achieve with hardware-centric enterprise infrastructure. Compute and network infrastructure are fast moving down a software-defined path, but storage has been a laggard. Until now.
Dec. 5, 2016 04:00 AM EST Reads: 5,400
"We build IoT infrastructure products - when you have to integrate different devices, different systems and cloud you have to build an application to do that but we eliminate the need to build an application. Our products can integrate any device, any system, any cloud regardless of protocol," explained Peter Jung, Chief Product Officer at Pulzze Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 5, 2016 03:30 AM EST Reads: 934
"We are an all-flash array storage provider but our focus has been on VM-aware storage specifically for virtualized applications," stated Dhiraj Sehgal of Tintri in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 5, 2016 03:30 AM EST Reads: 623
In his general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Manish Dixit, VP of Product and Engineering at Dice, discussed how Dice leverages data insights and tools to help both tech professionals and recruiters better understand how skills relate to each other and which skills are in high demand using interactive visualizations and salary indicator tools to maximize earning potential. Manish Dixit is VP of Product and Engineering at Dice. As the leader of the Product, Engineering and Data Sciences team at D...
Dec. 5, 2016 01:30 AM EST Reads: 747
It's easy to assume that your app will run on a fast and reliable network. The reality for your app's users, though, is often a slow, unreliable network with spotty coverage. What happens when the network doesn't work, or when the device is in airplane mode? You get unhappy, frustrated users. An offline-first app is an app that works, without error, when there is no network connection. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Bradley Holt, a Developer Advocate with IBM Cloud Data Services, discussed...
Dec. 5, 2016 01:00 AM EST Reads: 3,326
Data is the fuel that drives the machine learning algorithmic engines and ultimately provides the business value. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Ed Featherston, director/senior enterprise architect at Collaborative Consulting, will discuss the key considerations around quality, volume, timeliness, and pedigree that must be dealt with in order to properly fuel that engine.
Dec. 5, 2016 12:45 AM EST Reads: 1,569
Between 2005 and 2020, data volumes will grow by a factor of 300 – enough data to stack CDs from the earth to the moon 162 times. This has come to be known as the ‘big data’ phenomenon. Unfortunately, traditional approaches to handling, storing and analyzing data aren’t adequate at this scale: they’re too costly, slow and physically cumbersome to keep up. Fortunately, in response a new breed of technology has emerged that is cheaper, faster and more scalable. Yet, in meeting these new needs they...
Dec. 5, 2016 12:45 AM EST Reads: 1,806
In addition to all the benefits, IoT is also bringing new kind of customer experience challenges - cars that unlock themselves, thermostats turning houses into saunas and baby video monitors broadcasting over the internet. This list can only increase because while IoT services should be intuitive and simple to use, the delivery ecosystem is a myriad of potential problems as IoT explodes complexity. So finding a performance issue is like finding the proverbial needle in the haystack.
Dec. 5, 2016 12:30 AM EST Reads: 6,083
When it comes to cloud computing, the ability to turn massive amounts of compute cores on and off on demand sounds attractive to IT staff, who need to manage peaks and valleys in user activity. With cloud bursting, the majority of the data can stay on premises while tapping into compute from public cloud providers, reducing risk and minimizing need to move large files. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Scott Jeschonek, Director of Product Management at Avere Systems, discussed the IT and busin...
Dec. 5, 2016 12:15 AM EST Reads: 3,815
According to Forrester Research, every business will become either a digital predator or digital prey by 2020. To avoid demise, organizations must rapidly create new sources of value in their end-to-end customer experiences. True digital predators also must break down information and process silos and extend digital transformation initiatives to empower employees with the digital resources needed to win, serve, and retain customers.
Dec. 5, 2016 12:15 AM EST Reads: 1,159
"We are the public cloud providers. We are currently providing 50% of the resources they need for doing e-commerce business in China and we are hosting about 60% of mobile gaming in China," explained Yi Zheng, CPO and VP of Engineering at CDS Global Cloud, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 4, 2016 11:45 PM EST Reads: 920