LSI Logic Teams with ARM to Improve Mobile Computing

Michael Vizard

Interest in advances in communications processing technologies is usually reserved for a small group of engineers who build the networking gear deployed by Internet service providers (ISPs). But given the fact that just about everybody is less than satisfied with the performance of mobile computing devices, a new advance in communications technologies may be of some comfort to long-suffering mobile computing users.

LSI Logic today unveiled an AXM5500 series of multicore processors based on the chip architecture developed by ARM. According to Mike Merluzzi, product marketing manager for LSI Logic, the combination of low-energy ARM processors and LSI network logic means that operators of mobile networks will be able to accommodate a lot more traffic emanating from densely packed areas. The end result is better mobile computing performance for all in an era where the number of mobile devices being used has increased exponentially.

For example, the AXM5500 series can support autonomous packet processing of up to 50G via Virtual Pipeline technology along with integrated Ethernet switching that can process up to 160Gbps.

In addition, Merluzzi says the AXM5500 series includes logic that has been embedded to optimize quality of service, thereby making it easier for mobile operators to prioritize certain classes of traffic involving, for example, Big Data applications.

Merluzzi says that despite carrier promises to build more advanced HetNet architectures, they aren’t going to be able to deliver on those intentions without putting next-generation networking equipment in place.

Of course, we’ve all heard the mobile computing promises from the carriers before. But at least we all now know that things are not getting better for want of access to core new mobile computing technologies.



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