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June 21, 2010

Advantech Announces Packetarium Platform on Freescale QorIQ Network Processor

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

Freescale Semiconductor, a supplier of embedded semiconductors, and Advantech, a global manufacturer of telecom computing blades and multicore network processor platforms, announced the first member of Advantech's (News - Alert) Packetarium product line to feature Freescale's advanced QorIQ processors.  
The new combination, according Preet Virk, strategic marketing director for Freescale's Networking Processor (News - Alert) Division, allows creating a powerful network processing solution that is capable of truly outstanding performance.
"Packetarium is a highly scalable solution that enables applications to efficiently address increasing network traffic demands," Virk added.
Advantech Packetarium NCP-7560 platform consists of eight boards, each of which incorporate two P4080 processors. The P4080 processors integrate eight 1.5 GHz cores and feature advanced capabilities such as on-board acceleration, enhanced encryption engines and a clear application migration path for legacy Power Architecture and PowerQUICC customers.
Byron Lin, director at Advantech's Networks and Telecom Group, says companies that develop and deploy applications on Packetarium platforms with QorIQ technology may achieve dramatic increases in application performance and network throughput while significantly reducing their product development costs and accelerating time-to-market.
"In addition, software engineers already familiar with PowerQUICC development won't need to learn special purpose programming models or tools for packet processing; instead, they can continue to use the same architecture and tools they already have," Lin added.
The NCPB-2210 Packetarium board provides four DIMM sockets for up to 16GB DDR3 memory at 800 MHz with ECC support. Two XAUI (10 GbE) ports connect each NCPB-2210 to the Packetarium system's main board for high-speed switching, the company said.
Freescale's QorIQ processor technology serves wide range of applications. The combination of QorIQ technology with Packetarium enables integrators and equipment manufacturers to address scalable throughput requirements, provide differentiated value and services, and offer the flexibility for future evolution and additional protocol support.
The processor technology includes enhanced multi-core packet processing capabilities. The QorIQ P4080 Datapath Acceleration Architecture accelerates packet classification, filtering, and packet queuing, enabling cost effective management of broadband service optimization solutions that leverage deep packet inspection or "DPI" technology, giving service providers the visibility and control necessary to truly optimize Internet service delivery applications.
ompany officials said the NCPB-2210 Packetarium board is planned to be integrated with Freescale's VortiQa security application software. The combination of the Packetarium platform with VortiQa software enables application-optimal mapping of functionality, thereby boosting performance in asymmetric multi-processing or "AMP," symmetric multi-processing or "SMP and hybrid AMP+SMP systems. 
Advantech Packetarium systems integrating the NCPB-2210 board will be sampling in 3Q10 and will be previewed at Freescale Technology Forum in Orlando, Fla. from June 21 to June 24, according to company officials. 
Recently, Freescale Semiconductor (News - Alert) announced their CodeWarrior 10 development suites to help streamline the software development process, TMCnet reported.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Erin Harrison

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