Israel’s EZchip Semiconductor Ltd., a producer of high-performance data-path processing solutions for carrier and data-center networks, unveiled the TILE-Mx multicore processor family that it boasts incorporates an unprecedented one hundred ARMv8-A 64-bit cores, and is specifically targeted for high-performance network applications and network functions virtualization (NFV).
The company says that a unique combination of the highest ARM core-count, a highly efficient mesh for linear scaling of the interconnected cores, and powerful market-proven accelerators for packet processing, provide for radical new multicore processors tailored to the new network architectures that are evolving towards open hardware platforms, software virtualization and rising traffic loads. The TILE-Mx marks EZchip’s major thrust into the multicore market with a highly differentiated product line following the Tilera acquisition completed last November.
Multicore CPUs represent a fast growing market – 38% growth from 2012 to 2013 according to the Linley Group 2014 Guide to Multicore Processors – and are used in a wide variety of systems, particularly in network appliances, white boxes, server blades and NFV servers to perform load balancing, security, network monitoring, SDN & NFV, virtualization, application recognition and video processing for data center, cloud, enterprise and carrier networks.
Increasing traffic loads and rising packet processing complexity are putting pressure on available multicore CPUs for more compute power, higher throughput, and greater power efficiency.
EZchip’s TILE-Mx is specifically designed to address these challenges through a highly parallel and optimized architecture leveraging proven hardware accelerators from EZchip’s market leading network processors, and Tilera’s many-core processors with market leading performance-per-watt and linear scaling. Furthermore, the TILE-Mx is built around the ARMv8-A 64-bit ARM Cortex®-A53 cores, ensuring standard processor architecture, with great power efficiency and a large and open software ecosystem readily available for application developers. The result is a powerful and efficient multicore processor, optimized for data-path throughput and combining high performance management and control-plane processing.
“We are bringing to the market a new type of highly differentiated multicore processor, leveraging the best from EZchip’s and Tilera’s technologies, and specifically architected to address the next generation of high-performance data center, cloud and carrier networks, ” said Eli Fruchter, CEO of EZchip. “The combination of EZchip’s and Tilera’s market-proven leading technologies enables us to develop a new multicore processors family that uniquely integrate powerful networking capabilities together with the highest number of processor cores to address a wide range of applications and market segments.”