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March 03, 2011

Kontron Extends its Portfolio with Freescale Power Architecture Processors

Kontron is extending its portfolio of low power and high performance AdvancedMCs with dual-core, quad-core and eight-core Freescale Power Architecture processors. Freescale Semiconductor’s (News - Alert) advanced QorIQ family of communication processors delivers best-in-class energy efficiency and a broad range of performance and integration capabilities on AdvancedMC (News - Alert) processor modules.

In a press release, Dirk Finstel, CTO at Kontron (News - Alert) said, “The Freescale QorIQ P2020 extends our low power portfolio of AdvancedMC processor modules for applications that require dual-core performance and low power consumption. Additionally, the QorIQ processor family will extend the high-performance multi-core segment of our AMC portfolio. With up to eight cores, the QorIQ processors are extremely flexible and can be configured to meet many system application needs. Comprehensive virtualization capabilities, as well as the ability to independently boot and reset each core, provides the user with significant flexibility in partitioning between control, datapath and application processing. It also simplifies consolidation of functions previously spread across multiple discrete processors onto a single device.”

The QorIQ P2020 based Kontron AdvancedMC processor module AM4120 is scheduled for release in Q2 2011. In addition, upcoming QorIQ based Kontron AdvancedMCs will enable OEMs and system integrators to take advantage of the highly integrated and scalable QorIQ processors on MicroTCA (News - Alert) and AdvancedTCA platforms. These platforms deliver advanced packet processing capabilities combined with highly flexible processing and I/O functionalities in a commercial–off-the-shelf configuration. Customers benefit from reduced development efforts, optimized time-to-market and scalability for network-centric applications based on modular and standard-based AdvancedTCA (News - Alert) and MicroTCA platforms.

Lisa Su, senior vice president and general manager for Freescale Semiconductor’s Networking and Multimedia Group said, “Built on our high-performance QorIQ processors, the new Kontron AdvancedMC modules deliver outstanding performance, power, reliability, security and quality of service. Developers creating solutions with QorIQ technology also benefit from a vibrant support ecosystem, including optimized tools, operating systems and network protocol stacks to help address the unique development challenges of multi-core architectures and speed time to market.”

Kontron was in news recently when it announced a new plan to transfer TEM Clients to 40 GbE from 10 GbE AdvancedTCA hardware platforms in full expansion mode. This move is to prepare them for expected wireless data usage explosion in the upcoming years.



Sujata Garud is a TMCnet freelancer with three years of writing/editing experience and two years of market research experience. As an editor she has covered the IT, electronics, banking, pharma, construction, mining and healthcare industries. To see more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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