Freescale Demonstrates Industry's First 802.11ac WLAN Platform Running Application-Aware Software

Freescale Demonstrates Industry's First 802.11ac WLAN Platform Running Application-Aware Software

WLAN reference platform built on QorIQ communications processor delivers gigabit-rate 802.11ac performance; includes new VortiQa AIS security and core network offload application software

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- At Interop this week, Freescale Semiconductor (NYS: FSL) is reinforcing its enterprise access point market leadership by demonstrating the first QorIQ P1020 reference platform for 802.11ac that simultaneously delivers "gigabit Wi-Fi" while running application identification software required for security and core network offload in next-generation wireless local area network (WLAN) products.

The turnkey reference platform underscores Freescale's continued leadership in the wireless access space, which Infonetics projects to grow at 12 percent CAGR through 2017. QorIQ communications processors from Freescale have been selected to power solutions for eight of the top 10 manufacturers of enterprise wireless access point equipment.

A key WLAN growth driver is the bring your own device (BYOD) phenomenon, which requires enterprise and service provider networks to manage known users, as well as network guests who may not have the same privileges to access sensitive content. These access and quality of service (QoS) challenges, together with the demanding performance requirements of gigabit-rate 802.11ac technology and increasing access issues stemming from the introduction of myriad personal wireless devices into the network, combine to present daunting challenges to WLAN equipment OEMs and network administrators.

Freescale's WLAN reference platform comprehends and addresses these challenges by combining highly advanced 802.11ac radios with Freescale's new VortiQa application identification software (AIS) and the exceptional processing performance of QorIQ P1020 communications processors. VortiQa AIS detects more than 1,200 applications and is equipped with comprehensive signature distribution infrastructure.

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The platform runs on symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) Linux® leveraging the multicore QorIQ P1020 communications processor, thereby lowering CPU utilization and providing optimal performance for differentiation within application-level software.

"Freescale's 802.11ac WLAN reference platform delivers the processing headroom to support real-world applications while driving impressive 802.11ac performance," said Tareq Bustami, vice president of product management for Freescale's Digital Networking business. "By offloading processing-intensive application identification tasks at the wireless network's edge, the platform helps dramatically reduce centralized 40 Gbps link bottlenecks, thereby enabling optimized and balanced network loading."

About QorIQ technology

Freescale's comprehensive QorIQ communications processors are ideal for SoHo, SMB and enterprise 802.11n and 802.11ac applications. The QorIQ P1 processor family, which includes the P1010, P1020, P1022 and P1023 devices, offers extensive integration coupled with power-over-Ethernet-friendly performance per watt for a wide variety of WLAN applications. The family offers dual-and single-core solutions based on Power Architecture® technology for the 400 MHz to 1.2 GHz performance range, along with advanced security features and cost-optimized packaging. The QorIQ P1 family is well-suited for next-generation WLAN access points, offering a wide variety of core, frequency, price and interface options to support the multiple WLAN configurations and differentiated services the market requires.

Freescale at Interop

Freescale plans to demonstrate its 802.11ac WLAN reference platform and other cutting-edge networking technologies at Interop booth number 1659, located in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

About Freescale

Freescale Semiconductor (NYS: FSL) is a global leader in embedded processing solutions, providing industry leading products that are advancing the automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets. From microprocessors and microcontrollers to sensors, analog integrated circuits and connectivity - our technologies are the foundation for the innovations that make our world greener, safer, healthier and more connected. Some of our key applications and end-markets include automotive safety, hybrid and all-electric vehicles, next generation wireless infrastructure, smart energy management, portable medical devices, consumer appliances and smart mobile devices. The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing and sales operations around the world.

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