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February 9, 2012

Freescale introduces two new QorIQ AMP Series embedded multicore processors

Incorporate a second generation hardware-based hypervisor technology

By CBR Staff Writer

Communications processing firm Freescale Semiconductor has introduced two new multicore processors from its QorIQ Advanced Multiprocessing (AMP) series, T4240 and T4160.

T4240 processor is based on Freescale’s dual threaded e6500 Power Architecture core and includes 24 virtual cores.
T4160 is a new software- and pin-compatible QorIQ AMP series processor featuring 16 virtual cores achieving 1.8 GHz within a 25W power envelope.

The T4240 and T4160 products deliver a combination of hardware acceleration, fabric-based interconnect technology, high speed I/O, hardware-assisted virtualisation and next-generation 64-bit Power Architecture cores for applications in the data center, as well as other networking and industrial segments.

The new multicore processors incorporate a second generation hardware-based hypervisor technology designed to simplify development and enable the safe and autonomous operation of multiple individual operating systems and new functions supporting quality of service including data center bridging (DCB) and egress traffic shaping to eliminate loss due to queue overflow and accommodate efficient allocation of bandwidth on link.

In addition, both processors include a 50 Gbps of packet parse, support for both 10G and 1G Ethernet, 20 Gbps of IPSEC forwarding performance, including a crypto acceleration engine (SEC) with 40 Gbps of performance for SSL and other security protocols and a new 20 Gbps data compression engine (DCE), as well as a regular expression pattern matching engine for application recognition and data loss prevention.

Freescale Networking Processor Division vice-president Brett Butler said the data centre of the future is beginning to mirror the architecture of Freescales embedded SoCs, driven by the same requirement to deliver the highest network and content processing performance at the lowest cost of ownership.

"The technology demands associated with this trend are Freescale’s traditional communications processing strengths," said Butler.

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