Freescale Announces New ARM-based QorIQ Multicore Processor Solutions Making Networking More Personal

By CIOReview | Wednesday, June 24, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: Freescale Semiconductor, an embedded processing solutions provider, introduces octal and quad multicore processors based on performance-optimized 64-bit capable ARM Cortex A-53 cores.

Delivering the right mix of hardware/software processing resources and datapath offload plays a key role in enabling service providers and OEMs to deliver specialized equipment required for dynamic and flexible networks.

Freescale Semiconductor addresses the challenges by introducing the QorlQ LS1088A octal multicore processor and LS1048A quad multicore processors based on power-conscious and performance optimized 64-bit capable ARM Cortex-A53 cores. These devices integrate Freescale’s second-gen datapath acceleration architecture (DPAA2), delivering low power, flexible and cost effective solutions for new virtualized networks.

The QorlQ LS1088A and LS1048A processors feature Cortex-A53 cores running up to 1.3 GHz incorporates DDR4 memory controllers and up to two 10 GBps and eight 1 GBps Ethernet interfaces with L2 switch capabilities. The processors are designed for intelligent edge access equipment, NFV and virtual CPE solutions, industrial control systems and intelligent NIC applications.

The products target access and vCPE applications to leverage Freescale’s second-gen programmable DPAA2 which enables performance and ease of use through sophisticated accelerator sharing and a simplified, secure networking interface.

ARM-72 for Networking
Freescale plans to integrate ARM Cortex A-72 core in an upcoming QorlQ LS2 processor product line. Cortex-A72 reduces overall power consumption while delivering best-in-class performance.

Development support for the QorIQ LS1088A and LS1048A processors is planned to include a comprehensive software toolkit that provides high levels of hardware abstraction and streamlines software development to balance the ease-of use with high performance processing in Linux environment. The toolkit will enable users to utilize underlying hardware and adapt to network changes for real-time soft control over the network.

“Last year we announced the QorIQ LS2 family for the new virtualized network, and today we are in full execution mode and are uniquely positioned for even greater portfolio expansion with the upcoming integration of Cortex-A72 core technology,” said Tareq Bustami, VP, Digital Networking group Freescale. “Continuing this momentum, we’re making the network more personal by bringing data closer and more accessible to consumers. The QorIQ LS1088A processor pairs our offload datapath with ARM’s most advanced 64-bit capable Cortex-A53 core, providing an excellent balance of low power and high performance, and bringing an advanced architectural solution to the value tier and the intelligent edge.”