Security solutions are suite!

04 May 2010

MPC8572E: PowerQUICC III integrated communications processor
MPC8572E: PowerQUICC III integrated communications processor

Manufacturers of security appliance equipment will soon have a suite of turnkey solutions from Freescale.

Ranging from 4 to 20Gbps performance, solutions combine Freescale multicore processors and VortiQa application software with technology from top ODMs and software providers.

Leading companies including Advantech, BitDefender, Curtiss-Wright Controls, O2 Security, Portwell and Silicon Turnkey, have adopted Freescale multicore processors to establish one of the broadest portfolios of security appliance solutions in the market, with performance scaling from 4Gbps up to 20Gbps.

The solutions are designed to help OEMs quickly and cost effectively create a range of security applications including unified threat management (UTM) appliances, secured routers, IPS/IDS appliances, VPN routers, secured switches and business gateways. Designed to deliver performance-to-price ratios and dramatically shorten development cycles, the solutions tightly integrate optimised low-level software and production-ready boards with Freescale’s VortiQa application software and multicore PowerQUICC and QorIQ processors.

“These offerings deliver substantial value to our customers and demonstrate Freescale’s intent to apply our technology, software, ecosystem and networking leadership to provide segment-specific solutions,” said Sathyan Iyengar, Vice President of Software Products for the Freescale Networking and Multimedia Group. “The solutions offer compelling options for the network security marketplace and underscore the advantages of VortiQa application software, which is specifically designed and optimised for our highly advanced QorIQ and PowerQUICC processors.”

The suite of security appliance solutions based on Freescale silicon includes:
• The Advantech NCP-7560 4U eight-way network processor platform based on Freescale’s QorIQ P4080 eight-core processor for high-end enterprise or service provider systems
• BitDefender antivirus technology with Freescale VortiQa software on QorIQ platforms for comprehensive security solutions
• The Curtiss-Wright VPX6-187 single board computer based on Freescale’s QorIQ P4080 eight-core processor and related devices for embedded, aerospace and military security applications
• The O2 Security SifoWorksTM 8572 1U Network Security Appliance based on Freescale’s MPC8572 PowerQUICC III dual-core processor for mid-enterprise IPS based deployments
• The O2 Security SifoWorksTM 8540 1U Network Security Appliance based on Freescale’s MPC8540 single-core host processor for small- to mid-size enterprises
• The Portwell CAK-2000 1U UTM security appliance, based on Freescale’s QorIQ P2020 dual-core processor for mid-enterprise, low-power systems
• The Portwell CAK-2000 1U UTM security appliance, based on Freescale’s QorIQ P2010 single-core processor for high-performance, low-power small enterprise value systems
• The Silicon Turnkey GP3SSA Network Security Board with the MPC8541 PowerQUICC III and MPC8555 PowerQUICC III single-core host processors for network security applications

The suite of security appliance solutions is expected to be available through Freescale ODM and software partners. The solutions based on the PowerQUICC III MPC8572 and MPC8540 processors are available now. The QorIQ P2010 and P2020 solutions are available for evaluation and initial development and are planned for ODM production mid-year.

A large portion of the time required to develop products based on embedded multicore processors is devoted to testing and optimising application software. VortiQa solutions speed development by providing fully integrated, architecturally compatible application software designed to eliminate or greatly reduce the time needed for these tasks. VortiQa software is optimised to take full advantage of Freescale’s QorIQ processor technology, including pattern matching engine, security accelerator, datapath acceleration and other features, thereby boosting performance in embedded systems. It eliminates the time-consuming task of creating application-optimal mapping of functionality and core assignments for asymmetric multi-processing (AMP), symmetric multi-processing (SMP) and hybrid AMP+SMP configurations.

Freescale’s solution-centric approach and VortiQa software products utilise the technology and talent obtained through the October 2008 acquisition of Intoto, a provider of software products for networking and security equipment manufacturers. Freescale combined its PowerQUICC and QorIQ processors with Intoto’s broad, application-based products built on modular, scalable software architecture, as well as the deep multicore software engineering expertise of both companies.

Freescale’s PowerQUICC processors are used widely in a range of networking devices. QorIQ communications platforms are Freescale’s next-generation evolution of PowerQUICC processors. QorIQ single, dual, and multicore processors offer superior performance and programmability in a single-core power budget and are designed to take embedded multicore to new levels of adoption.
"The new security platforms from Freescale and their integration support for BitDefender’s industry-leading anti-malware technologies will allow Freescale and its OEM partners to quickly launch premium antivirus protection and deliver an even more powerful security solution to their customers," said Peter Laakkonen, General Manager of OEM and technology licensing at BitDefender. “We are thrilled to be part of the powerful line-up of security appliance solutions Freescale has developed.”

Lynn Patterson, Vice President and General Manager of Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing, added: “We are excited about the potential that Freescale’s new security appliance features hold for meeting the needs of our defence and aerospace customers. They promise to augment our Trusted COTS products by enabling us to add increased security functionality to rugged deployed boards and systems.”

Efrem Gonzales, Vice President of Sales, Americas for O2Security, commented: “We pride ourselves in delivering enterprise-level security technology in easy-to-deploy appliances for small to mid-size organisations. That means finding top-level partners like Freescale to integrate into our offerings. Freescale microprocessors will be an essential component of some of the new products we will launch later this year that will provide customers with a full function security gateway as well as added traffic management, anti-distributed denial-of-service attack and reporting functions. We are looking forward to being part of Freescale’s exhibit at RSA to discuss these developments with customers and prospects.”

Mark Huang, Product Marketing Manager for American Portwell Technology, said: "Based on Freescale QorIQ P2020 multicore processor, Portwell’s new CAK-2000 1U network appliance is equipped with the ideal combination of technologies from Portwell and Freescale. Freescale's QorIQ P2020 communications processor offers an advanced set of features such as DDR3 support, an outstanding security engine and support for error correction codes in P2020 L2 cache, which is a baseline requirement for any high-reliability system. All in all, combining Portwell’s expertise in the design and manufacturing of security appliances with the advanced feature set of the QorIQ P2020 multicore processor, the CAK-2000 delivers the ideal solution with dual-core performance in single-core budgets for a great variety of applications in the networking and telecom markets."

Robert Applebaum, President of Silicon TurnKey, agrees. "The ability to quickly prototype new security appliance products based on Freescale QorIQ processors and VortiQa software, and to provide extended life cycle management with subcontract manufacturing to customers, has been one of the fastest growth segments for Silicon TurnKey. This partnership between Freescale and Silicon TurnKey gives customers the opportunity to substantially reduce the cycle time needed to get products to market."

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