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November 12, 2010

Freescale Releases Comprehensive Solution for Multi-Service Business Gateways

By Ashok Bindra, TMCnet Contributor

Integrating VortiQa security application software with D2 Technologies embedded vPort VoIP software on scalable QorIQ multicore processor, Freescale Semiconductor has readied a comprehensive silicon and software solution for the rapid creation of multi-service business gateway (MSBG) equipment. Freescale’s (News - Alert) MSBG solution combines services such as data, security, voice and fax. With support for virtualization from Green Hills Software, it has the potential to incorporate additional services, said Freescale.

Enterprise branch offices and small and medium businesses (SMBs) are turning to managed services business models that allow them to rent a box and subscribe to managed services, versus the traditional, more expensive model that requires purchasing equipment, added Freescale. In addition, to saving procurement costs, original design manufacturers (ODMs) also have the ability to shift expenses from capital to operational expenditures, said the maker.

Designed to help original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) speed and simplify the development of MSBG equipment, the Freescale solution also works with the P1020 and other QorIQ products to serve as a reference design for a range of additional applications such as unified threat management (UTM) appliances, secured routers, IPS/IDS appliances, VPN routers and secured switches. Since the QorIQ family scales from single to many cores, the solution addresses a broad range of performance and energy efficiency requirements, noted Freescale.

In a statement, Sathyan Iyengar, vice president of Software Products for the Freescale Networking and Multimedia Group, said, “Freescale’s MSBG solution brings together the elements a small office needs to function, e-mail, fax, print, conference, WLAN and other capabilities, and then integrates those elements with traditional security and gateway functionality.” He added, “Our suite of pre-integrated office services is optimized to take advantage of multicore technology. It helps hardware providers speed time to market and enables a more cost-effective and flexible business model.”

D2 Technologies’ (News - Alert) embedded vPort software allows the solution to deliver the high voice quality, efficiently tuned system implementation and broad OS support necessary for manufacturers to incorporate state-of-the-art VoIP capabilities in their MSBG products, said the partners.

Doug Makishima (News - Alert), chief operating officer for D2 Technologies, commented, “The introduction of the joint Freescale-D2 MSBG solution to the market is timely, as an increasing number of small- to medium-size businesses are choosing to deploy a single, integrated device to replace legacy equipment.” Makishima continued, “Market studies are showing a steady increase in the SMB market’s migration to VoIP technology. OEMs and ODMs looking for a rapid and cost-effective way to tap into these trends now have a solution based on multicore processors that shortens the development cycle for high-performance and economical offerings.”

Further enhancing the value of the MSBG platform, Green Hills Software’s INTEGRITY Secure Virtualization technology allows for seamless interaction of multiple business and office application services and capabilities running on heterogeneous operating systems. By eliminating the need to port existing applications to new operating systems, virtualization significantly reduces the software effort needed to consolidate disparate SMB capabilities onto one hardware system, according to the developers.

The MSBG solution is expected to be available through Freescale ODM and software partners. The QorIQ P1020 solution is available for evaluation and initial development and is planned for ODM production in the first quarter 2011.

Ashok Bindra is a veteran writer and editor with more than 25 years of editorial experience covering RF/wireless technologies, semiconductors and power electronics. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard

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