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Packet processing software for KeyStone II

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:multicore processor? KeyStone II? packet processing? 6WINDGate?

Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) and 6WIND have revealed that the 6WINDGate software solution now supports TI's scalable 28nm multicore processors based on the KeyStone II multicore architecture. According to them, 6WINDGate eliminates the need for TI's customers to invest their engineering resources into combining discrete protocols from multiple sources and/or designing custom optimizations. The solution enables OEMs to design high performance, software upgradeable, power- and cost-efficient networking platforms for mobile and cloud infrastructure applications, the companies noted.

6WINDGate includes control plane modules, a high performance networking stack and a range of data plane protocols that have been specifically optimized to deliver maximum performance on TI's multicore processors, said 6WIND. Maintaining full compatibility with standard Operating System APIs, the 6WINDGate fast path-based architecture enables OEMs to quickly migrate existing application software to TI's KeyStone II architecture, allowing the use of TI's on-chip network coprocessors, as well as reducing time to market and schedule risk, added the companies.

The KeyStone II architecture includes support for both TMS320C66x DSP generation cores and multiple cache coherent quad ARM Cortex-A15 clusters, for a mixture of up to 32 DSP and RISC cores. The multicore architecture includes capacity expansion for SoC structural elements such as TeraNet, Multicore Navigator and Multicore Shared Memory Controller (MSMC). This expansion allows developers to fully utilize the capability of all processing elements, including ARM RISC cores, DSP cores and enhanced AccelerationPacs. RISC processing within KeyStone II has been significantly upgraded with the addition of quad ARM Cortex -A15 clusters, providing ultra-high performance at half the power consumption of traditional RISC cores.

6WINDGate support for TI's KeyStone II multicore processors will be available in 2H12.

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