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Storage processors target SMB, SOHO markets

Posted: 20 Sep 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:storage processor? SMB maket? SOHO?

Freescale Semiconductor has introduced the latest storage processor family additions to the PowerQUICC II Pro product line.

The storage family blends performance, integration, security and power management capabilities in a range of price and performance configurations. The processors integrate a broad array of technologies essential for success in storage markets, including SATA, PCI Express, USB 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet, XOR acceleration and high-performance security functionality.

NAS applications
The storage family's MPC837xE product line targets small/medium business (SMB) markets, supports RAID 5 and is designed for network-attached storage (NAS) applications. It also meets market requirements for other SMB technologies such as access points, gateways and printing/imaging equipment.

The storage family's MPC8314E and MPC8315E products target consumer and SOHO markets. They support RAID 0-1, and enable the creation of digital media server and consumer NAS devices, as well as consumer and SOHO products such as residential gateways, 802.11n access points and industrial control products.

NAS is a fast-growing market segment for small- and medium-sized businessesespecially organizations limited to minimal IT support. In addition to dealing with disaster recovery requirements and ever-increasing amounts of business content such as e-mail, Web content, video and e-business transaction records, these businesses require increasingly sophisticated storage capabilities driven in part by government regulations such as notification and retention policy changes.

SMB, SOHO markets
Freescale addresses SMB market requirements with the MPC837xE product line, consisting of the MPC8379E, MPC8378E and MPC8377E processors. The MPC8379E integrates four SATA controllers and PHYs that reduce overall system chip count and BOM costs for four-drive NAS devices. The MPC8378E supports PCIe and SGMII for wireless access points, and the MPC8377E enables next generation multi-functional printers with the integration of two SATA controllers and two PCIe controllers for direct hard disk drive and I/O connectivity.

Meanwhile, the MPC8314E and MPC8315E products enable sophisticated, feature-rich devices that make the digital home experience easier, richer and safer. With these processors, OEMs and ODMs can now create NAS appliances for the sub-$300 market featuring multiple hard drives for the SOHO and connected home markets. The MPC8315E integrates SATA, PCIe and USB with PHY technologies to help lower BOM cost and speed time-to-market for customers. The cost-effective MPC8314E is designed to meet the requirements of several SOHO applications including residential gateway, WLAN access point, printing, IP services and industrial control applications.

Additionally, the storage processors are available with or without hardware encryption capabilities. Freescale's encryption technology offloads security algorithm processing tasks, freeing the CPU to run additional applications. Also, the PowerQUICC processors, built on Power Architecture technology, are supported by a strong ecosystem of third party hardware and software partners offering development tools and systems, as well as robust middleware and software stacks. For developers, this ecosystem means faster board bring-up, more rapid application development and more accurate performance benchmarking.

"Every connection matters, especially when storing, sharing and protecting your most valuable personal and business data," said Chekib Akrout, VP and general manager of Freecale's networking systems Division. "Content-rich interaction, network-enabled media distribution and the desire for private content repositories continue to drive storage within residential and SMB markets."

Initial samples of the MPC8314E and MPC8315E products are available, with volume production slated for Q2 2008. Suggested retail pricing for non-encrypted versions of the MPC8314 is $17 in 10,000 quantities and $19 in 10,000 quantities for the MPC8315. Initial samples of the MPC837xE family are available, with volume production also slated for Q2 2008. Suggested retail pricing in 10K quantities for non-encrypted versions of the MPC837x family ranges from $28-$37.

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