Quad-core P2041 device packs high-performance network processing into smaller, less expensive form factors
AUSTIN, Texas – May 9, 2011 – Freescale Semiconductor is making enterprise class features for security networking equipment available to small-medium businesses (SMB) with its new QorIQ™ P2041 quad-core processor. Targeting unified threat management (UTM) security appliances, the P2041 delivers up to 10 Gb/s performance in smaller, less expensive form factors such as the 1U chassis.
The P2041 combines high-end multicore processing engines with features such as hardware virtualization, cryptography and deep packet inspection technology in a single-chip solution. This integration reduces costs compared to UTM appliances based on common two- and three-chip models. In addition, the energy-efficient P2041 operates at 12W typical power.
“The P2041 integrates optimal processing performance with high-end features such as broad I/O scalability and advanced deep packet inspection functionality,” said Danny Mulligan, director of marketing for Freescale’s Networking Processor Division. “The processor offers UTM equipment manufacturers a quad-core, low-power solution with a mix of enterprise-like features and capabilities at SMB price points and form factors.”
The P2041 is pin-compatible with Freescale’s P2040 device and software-compatible with members of Freescale’s range of QorIQ platforms from P1 to P5 levels. This allows customers to easily scale their end solutions and leverage their software investment across a broad array of products.
In addition to UTM systems/security appliances for SMB, the P2041 is ideal for applications such as LTE base station network interface cards (NICs), single-chip enterprise router solutions, multifunction printers, data centers, application delivery controllers, storage equipment, factory automation technology and iSCSI and switch management controllers.
Market-leading ODM Lanner, Inc. has adopted Freescale’s P2041 device in its new MR-630 UTM solution. Demonstrating the outstanding performance and power profiles attainable with the P2041, the Lanner MR-630 appliance delivers 10 Gb/s processing power in a 1U chassis, hardware accelerated encryption capabilities and deep packet inspection. It also supports virtualization for application consolidation and in-service upgrades.
P2041 product features
The P2041 is planned for sampling in mid-2011, available from Freescale. Software and enablement tools for the P2041 are expected to include a Linux BSP, a software development toolkit and a reference design board.