Broadcom unveils ARMv8-A multi-core processor achitecture [Global Data Point]
(Global Data Point Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Global provider of semiconductor services, Broadcom has announced the architecture for a new version of multicore processors, featuring the industry's highest performance 64-bit ARM core. Using its ARMv8-A architectural license, Broadcom is developing a new CPU core with true server-class performance for NFV, with virtualised accelerators for networking, communications, big data, storage and security applications. Broadcom is also announcing a partnership with ARM to define and develop an open, standards-based NFV software environments for the ARM ecosystem. Through joint collaborations with leading service providers, and as members of the Linaro Networking Group and European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), the two companies are working to standardise the environment's programming model, tool chains, application programming interfaces and networking-specific libraries across the industry. With the open, portable software environment, Broadcom customers will be able to seamlessly migrate designs based on Broadcom's XLP II family of multi-core processors to the new ARMv8-A processor architecture, while preserving software investment.
The most recently introduced XLP II family member, the XPL980 provides performance and features for NFV applications with 160 Gbps of application throughput, full end-to-end virtualisation of CPUs, accelerators and I/Os and up to 100 Gbps of security acceleration. Broadcom will present additional details on the new 64-bit ARMv8 processor architecture at the Linley Tech Processor Conference on 16 October.
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