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High performance Data Path Acceleration Architecture in new P1 and P2 processors boosts performance, lowers costs and delivers optimal scalability
SHANGHAI (Freescale Technology Forum China) – Aug. 24, 2010 – Freescale Semiconductor introduces three new QorIQ processors, which for the first time incorporate the company’s advanced Data Path Acceleration Architecture (DPAA) programming model into QorIQ P1 and P2 level multicore products. The introduction of the P1023/1017 and P2040 communications processors extends Freescale’s DPAA technology to all QorIQ platform levels, spanning single-core to eight-core products and across frequencies from 400MHz to 2.2 GHz.
The common DPAA software architecture allows customers to develop code for one QorIQ processor and easily scale it up or down throughout the QorIQ family, dramatically shortening development cycles. It also allows customers to create extremely flexible end products which offer a broad range of cost and performance points.
“Offering DPAA across the QorIQ family helps our customers apply software developed for existing QorIQ products to our P1 and P2 level QorIQ offerings, thereby optimizing software investments and reuse,” said Preet Virk, director of strategic marketing for Freescale’s Networking Processor Division. “These new QorIQ products give our customers the flexibility, scalability and performance required to manage rising IP traffic rates while keeping price points extremely competitive.”
The P1023/P1017 are highly integrated dual- and single-core devices which are ideally suited for high performance 802.11N wireless LAN access points, SMB gateways and low-end fixed routers. Key advantages include low power consumption to meet Power over Ethernet requirements, three PCI Express controllers to support three radio solutions, datapath offload for optimized performance of enterprise WLAN access points, and Freescale’s advanced security co-processor that offloads protocol processing for encryption algorithms.
The QorIQ DPAA offloads select tasks from the primary processing cores, allowing the cores to perform higher-value tasks or to achieve application performance targets at lower frequency, cost, and power. The DPAA consists of the Frame Manager which implements policing, classification, and scheduling over Ethernet ports; the Queue Manager which performs queuing, congestion control, workload distribution and packet ordering; the Buffer Manager which assigns packets to buffers to minimize memory consumption; the Security Block for implementing crypto algorithms, and the Pattern Matching Engine to search for text strings in packets for unified threat management.
Freescale offers a single application programming interface (API) to access the DPAA, along with common GUI-based configuration tools and example framework applications that set up the DPAA infrastructure. The DPAA achieves near-linear scaling as additional cores are applied to a task.
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“As a strategic alliance partner, Enea is aiming for early availability of our market leading Enea OSE realtime operating system for new Freescale QorIQ devices, including the compelling new P1023/1017 and P2040 communications processors,” said Mathias Bath, senior vice president of Marketing at Enea. “Close collaboration between Freescale and Enea will ensure developers and system designers have a highly integrated and optimized solution for realizing the potential of these advanced new processors.”
"Freescale’s addition of sophisticated DPAA technology to its P1 and P2 level QorIQ products offers device manufacturers outstanding performance while simplifying development,” said Dan Mender, vice president of Business Development for Green Hills Software. “Green Hills plans to expand its current comprehensive QorIQ P1 and P2 support for these new processors, including the INTEGRITY® RTOS with Secure Virtualization, MULTI® debugger and integrated development environment, optimizing C and C++ compilers, high-speed hardware debug probes and TimeMachine trace tools.”
"Mentor’s embedded Linux development solutions are ideal for utilizing and optimizing Freescale’s DPAA technology," said Shay Benchorin, director of Marketing for Mentor Graphics’ Embedded Software Division. "As Freescale continues to execute against its QorIQ roadmap, our joint customers can look forward to advanced Linux enablement solutions from Mentor that fully leverage the high performance and low power operation that QorIQ processors have to offer."
"Today's WLAN customers demand the utmost in performance and features to make their networks more powerful and efficient," said Dan Rabinovitsj, vice president and general manager of Atheros' Networking Business Unit. "As the leading supplier of enterprise WLAN solutions, Atheros has optimized its new 3-stream 11n products to work with the industry's most advanced processors. Freescale's P1023 networking processor enables the use of a dedicated radio to accelerate the advanced enterprise-class security and management features offered by Atheros."
"CodeSourcery’s Sourcery G++ development tools support Freescale’s entire QorIQ product line, including the exciting new P1023/1017 and P2040 communications processors with DPAA technology," said Mark Mitchell, Chief Sourcerer for CodeSourcery. "CodeSourcery has worked closely with Freescale to optimize the GNU C Compiler (GCC) and related tools for the e500v2 and e500mc cores, so software developers will find it easy to take advantage of Freescale's latest QorIQ processors."
“Starting with our support of the QorIQ P4080 in 2008 to the latest P5020 64-bit multi-core processor, we've provided Simics virtual platforms to help Freescale and their customers and partners develop QorIQ-based products in advance of hardware availability,” said Michel Genard, vice president, Product Strategy and Marketing for Simics at Wind River. “We look forward to working with Freescale and their customers on the upcoming QorIQ P2040, P1023 and P1017 devices. By utilizing a Simics virtual platform early in the development process, teams are able to reduce engineering cycles and ultimately get to market faster.”
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