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LSI Corp. has introduced its Axxia 5500 product family of communication processors designed to accelerate performance and increase power efficiency for multi-radio base stations and 4G/LTE-capable wireless networks. The LSI Axxia 5500 product family is first to combine 16 ARM cores with LSI specialized networking accelerators to optimize performance and power efficiency.

“Mobile broadband growth is outpacing infrastructure capability, and service providers need solutions that will meet traffic performance needs while also minimizing cost and power consumption. The Axxia 5500 product family addresses these needs with an exciting and very flexible architecture that delivers exceptionally high performance without sacrificing power efficiency,” said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager of networking solutions group at LSI.

The Axxia 5500 product family will include a range of communication processors with different core counts and throughput capabilities and are the first in the industry to deliver 16 ARM Cortex-A15 cores using ARM’s CoreLink CCN-504 low-latency interconnect in 28nm process technology. The combination of LSI’s networking expertise, specialized acceleration engines and Virtual Pipeline technology with ARM’s power-efficient processors and interconnect IP delivers communication processors that are uniquely suited for building intelligent, heterogeneous networks.

The Axxia 5500 product family allows networking service providers enhanced intelligent wireless capabilities through base stations, cell site routers, gateways and mobile backhaul equipment. 

“The combination of ARM’s leading coherent interconnect, energy-efficient multicore processor technology and advanced physical IP in the LSI Axxia 5500 series delivers significant gains in performance density. This will enable highly efficient systems with new levels of software flexibility and scalability for heterogeneous networks. LSI and ARM enjoy a strong relationship, and we are working to meet the needs of customers who are focusing on building next-generation network infrastructure,” said Ian Ferguson, vice president of segment marketing at ARM.

LSI provides a comprehensive tool suite and production-quality wireless application enablement software. LSI’s optimized, high-performance layer two through four software packages provide a complete wireless transport solution for networking OEMs, eliminating the need to invest in data plane software development. The LSI Axxia platform is ideal for OEMs to meet accelerated time-to-market goals and efficiently leverage their development resources for emerging heterogeneous network architectures. 

LSI will showcase its portfolio of networking acceleration solutions at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 25-28.

Tags: LSI, Axxia, ARM, Cortex, 28nm

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