New Freescale QorIQ processor brings enterprise class features to security networking equipment at SMB price points

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

  • Four e500mc Power Architecture® cores running up to 1.5 GHz
  • 32 KB L1 I/D; 128 KB L2 per core; 1 MB CoreNet platform cache
  • 64b (72b with ECC) DDR3/3L memory controller to 1333 MHz data rate
  • 10 SerDes lanes operating to 5 GHz supporting:
  • High-performance XAUI
  • Five gigabit Ethernet over SGMII or RGMII
  • Four 2.5 Gb/s SGMII
  • Three PCI Express Gen 2 controllers
  • Two Serial RapidIO 1.3/2.1 controllers with Type 9 and 11 messaging support
  • Two SATA 2.0 controllers
  • Other I/O: SD/MMC, two USB 2.0 with PHY, four I2C, two DUARTs, 16b local bus data path acceleration, security block, pattern matching engine, queue management, buffer management offload, virtualized Ethernet ports with classification and policing, and 1588 support
  • 45-nm SOI process technology for low power implementation
  • 783-pin package, 23x23mm FC-PGBGA package, pin compatible with QorIQ P2040
  • Availability
    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.