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Multicore magic

Multicore processor aimed at heart of comms web.

Freescale’s recent decision to sell its wireless chipset arm and bolster its remaining businesses through acquisitions has been backed with action. In October, the company acquired Intoto, a security software specialist for datacom networking equipment.
Historically, firms such as Freescale provided the chips and customers developed the software. As processors have become more complex, some of Freescale’s competitors have started to deliver a complete set of software with their processor.
Freescale is the leading supplier of processors for networking and communications, according to the Linley Group. Its devices have always been popular for control plane applications, overseeing and managing systems. With QorIQ, the company can now play in control plane and packet processing intensive ‘data plane’ applications. Freescale can also compete with the specialist asic designs favoured by large telecom players and with network processor vendors such as Cavium and RMI

Roy Rubenstein

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