Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Motorola Debuts 10Gbps AdvancedTCA Blade Based on Multi-core Cavium Processor

Motorola introduced an AdvancedTCA (ATCA) blade that leverages two sixteen-core processors with built-in hardware acceleration engines to deliver 10Gbps packet forwarding throughput. The blade uses Cavium Networks' Octeon processors and Wind River's Platform for Network Equipment, Linux Edition (PNE-LE) operating system. The many-core processor with a standard Carrier Grade Linux programming environment allows both conventional programs and packet processing tasks to be handled on the same hardware.

Target applications include data plane elements that employ deep packet inspection, such as network gateway and edge functions for 4G wireless and IPTV.

Key ATCA-9301 blade features include:

  • Dual Cavium OCTEON CN5860 Many-Core Processing Units (MPUs) with sixteen cores each

  • Hardware acceleration for security, de-/compression, packet queuing, and scheduling functions

  • Wind River PNE-LE Carrier Grade Linux operating environment 10-port Gigabit Ethernet Network Interfaces for operational flexibility

"The ATCA-9301 blade's Cavium-based architecture permits packet processing tasks such as forwarding, packet inspection, and security functions to be done in parallel with control plane tasks at a lower total cost of ownership. This will help providers to spend more time developing the broadest set of applications on a single platform and less time dealing with the power and cooling challenges of conventional communications processors," said Jorge Magalhaes, Director of Marketing, Embedded Communications Computing, Motorola.

The ATCA-9301 is available as standalone product or as part of Motorola's Centellis 4000 series of ATCA-based communications servers.