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New Layerscape architecture based QorIQ multicore processors from Freescale should enable unique home network IoT products

Kamran Shah

Kamran Shah

Posted Apr 15, 2014

Last week Freescale announced two new SoCs based on the Layerscape architecture to the QorIQ family of processing platforms. These new SoCs extend the QorIQ family to a high performance networking solution at a lower power. The QorIQ LS2085A and LS2045A provide this power optimized performance based on 64-bit ARM Cortex-A57 cores. As Freescale’s preferred partner we’ll of course make sure Mentor Embedded Linux, Sourcery™ CodeBench development tools, and our services teams enable embedded developers to take advantage of these SoCs.

With the introduction of greater connectivity, largely driven by the “Internet of Things” (IoT) trend, elements of what we traditionally considered networking devices for large corporations or data centers are making their way into businesses, the grid and homes. The availability of 4 and 8 core architecture options with these SoCs from Freescale provides scalable options for aggregators and gateways. The inclusion of Secure Boot and ARM TrustZone® also helps address many of the security needs of connected devices and systems that create the IoT. It will be interesting to see how developers combine technologies such as hypervisors and Linux to take full use of these Layerscape LS2 family of processors in the future and where in our homes and offices these devices show up (hidden of course inside some shiny new gadget). Our team will follow the development and release of these SoCs closely so our customers have Linux options and development tools to take advantage of them, more information to come in the future.

Cortex-A57, Freescale, ARM, Layerscape

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