February 08, 2012
SAN JOSE, Feb.8 -- As cloud computing provides processing capabilities for a growing number of services targeting consumers and businesses, the world’s public and private data centers are evolving to keep up with demand. Virtualization and other processing advancements have helped data center servers keep pace with performance requirements, while complementary embedded multicore communications processors have played a larger role due to their ability to help manage, classify and service the enormous amounts of data flowing across and within the cloud.
Freescale Semiconductor is helping to evolve the world’s data centers with the T4240 and T4160 embedded multicore processors from its QorIQ Advanced Multiprocessing (AMP) series. Featuring 24 virtual cores and based on Freescale’s dual threaded e6500 Power Architecture core. In addition, Freescale today unveils its new software- and pin-compatible QorIQ AMP series T4160 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 virtualization and next-generation 64-bit Power Architecture cores for applications in the data center, as well as other networking and industrial segments. Both products will be manufactured using 28nm process technology.
To meet data center power efficiency requirements, AMP series products also utilize cascading power management technology, which is an approach that reduces energy consumption using a variable-mode power switch, allowing customers to modulate the power of the cores and other processing units with independence and precision.
The T4240 and T4160 processors incorporate an array of technologies suited for data center applications including:
“Data center technology is evolving at remarkable speed, and many of our customers are rapidly adding bandwidth while battling latency by flattening the data center network,” said Brett Butler, vice president of Freescale’s Networking Processor Division. “Interestingly, the data center of the future is beginning to mirror the architecture of our 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.”
More information regarding the T4240 and T4160 products is available at www.freescale.com/QorIQ.
Samples of the T4240 and T4160 are planned for mid-2012. The devices are also part of the Freescale Product Longevity program, with 10 years of assured supply. For terms and conditions, please see: www.Freescale.com/productlongevity.
Supporting quotes from Freescale partners follow
“Increasingly, our data center equipment customers need open-standard, high-density computing blades for the creation of private and public cloud networks. Their key challenge is to deliver higher traffic processing capabilities within fixed power envelopes as required by the ATCA standard and other specifications,” said Eddie Lai, AVP of Business Development for Advantech. “The exceptional performance-per-watt of Freescale’s new QorIQ T4240 processor provides Advantech the ideal platform for creating network services blades capable of delivering double the packet processing per blade.”
“Freescale’s T4 family products are an exciting new implementation of the latest Power Architecture ISA, especially where high performance virtualization is concerned,” said Nina Wilner, chief technology officer for Power.org. “This focus on hardware-level core virtualization and multi-threading, coupled with innovative hardware acceleration will provide a real leap in value and flexibility for applications in the data center and private cloud.”
Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) is a global leader in embedded processing solutions, providing industry leading products that are advancing the automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets. From microprocessors and microcontrollers to sensors, analog integrated circuits and connectivity – our technologies are the foundation for the innovations that make our world greener, safer, healthier and more connected. Some of our key applications and end-markets include automotive safety, hybrid and all-electric vehicles, next generation wireless infrastructure, smart energy management, portable medical devices, consumer appliances and smart mobile devices. The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing and sales operations around the world. www.freescale.com
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