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Quad core ARM chip aims at software defined networks in the data center

April 16, 2013 // Nick Flaherty

Quad core ARM chip aims at software defined networks in the data center

LSI has introduced a 28nm family of communication processors designed to accelerate network performance while supporting increasing traffic loads throughout the enterprise.


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The Axxia 4500 is LSIs first ARM technology-based communication processor family designed for enterprise and datacenter networking applications as well as evolving Software Defined Networks (SDN). By combining networking accelerators and Virtual Pipeline technology with ARMs power-efficient Cortex A15 cores and scalable interconnect, the new Axxia processors are specifically designed to address the performance challenges facing next-generation networks.
As more business and personal information moves to the cloud, the need to access data quickly and securely from any location, at any time, is critical and is forcing customers to look at new ways to manage this traffic, said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager, Networking Solutions Group, LSI. The networks that carry the data are being tasked to do more than ever before, and the Axxia 4500 communication processor family is purpose-built to deliver the high performance required by these demanding trends.
The Axxia 4500 processor family includes LSI field-proven acceleration engines that incorporate decades of communications solutions expertise. The new processors also include up to four ARM Cortex-A15 cores with a CoreLink CCN-504 coherent, QoS aware interconnect in 28nm process technology. The addition of LSI Virtual Pipeline technology allows equipment developers the ability to essentially reconfigure the processors for optimal performance on a packet-by-packet basis. The Axxia 4500 processors also include up to 100Gb/s of L2 switching function to reduce board space and bill of material costs.
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