Freescale QorIQ multicore processors deliver software-defined approach to virtualized networks - Embedded.com

Freescale QorIQ multicore processors deliver software-defined approach to virtualized networks

Freescale Semiconductor is introducing the QorIQ LS2085A and LS2045A SoCs based on Layerscape architecture. Freescale is also introducing three additional devices: the QorIQ T1023, T1024, and T4080 SoCs.

The QorIQ LS2 architecture incorporates a processing domain built around the 64-bit ARM Cortex-A57 core. Tightly coupled to this domain is a set of debug, I/O and acceleration technologies, including a 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.

Optimized for network architecture applications, the new QorIQ LS2085A and LS2045A processors feature: eight and four 64-bit ARM Cortex-A57 cores respectively, running up to 2GHz; DDR4 memory controllers; eight 10Gb interfaces; and eight 1 Gb 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-based portfolio of multicore processors to be disclosed later in 2014.

QorIQ T Series processors
Freescale is also 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. The T1023 device targets 802.11ac smart edge WLAN access points and branch routers, while the T1024 SoC delivers cost-effective upgrades for printing & imaging, traditional control applications and line cards. These new processors integrate 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.

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