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Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Making the Move to Multicore Architectures, New Report Finds

NEW YORK, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Makers of telecom and networking equipment are accelerating their deployment of multicore processors in their product designs, spurred on by significant performance improvements and by the compatibility of multicore processors with industry standards including ATCA, MTCA, and IBM BladeCenter, according to the latest edition of Light Reading's Components Insider (www.lightreading.com/commchip), a paid research service of CMP's Light Reading (www.lightreading.com).

NEW YORK, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ — Makers of telecom and networking equipment are accelerating their deployment of multicore processors in their product designs, spurred on by significant performance improvements and by the compatibility of multicore processors with industry standards including ATCA, MTCA, and IBM BladeCenter, according to the latest edition of Light Reading's Components Insider (www.lightreading.com/commchip), a paid research service of CMP's Light Reading (www.lightreading.com).

Multicore Processors for High-Performance Network Systems, an 18-page report in PDF format, details and evaluates dual-core/quad-core and multicore architectures, identifying their primary applications and the strengths and potential weaknesses of different approaches for equipment developers. It also analyzes component availability, presenting key product and performance data, and profiles eight leading vendors in this growing market.

Vendors covered in this report include Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AMCC), Broadcom, Cavium Networks, Freescale Semiconductor, Intel, PMC-Sierra, Raza Microelectronics, Sun Microsystems, and Tilera.

"Multicore processors are now a key part of many networking and other embedded systems, and they are here to stay," notes Simon Stanley, research analyst for Light Reading's Components Insider and author of the report. "Adding more cores can deliver greater performance per watt than increasing frequency, particularly when the frequency approaches 2GHz and above."

Keeping power below 40-50 watts is important for many networking systems, particularly for standardized platforms such as ATCA, Stanley says. "By writing application code and operating systems to handle multicore processors, designers can build truly scaleable solutions, significantly reducing the cost of developing new systems."

Key findings of Multicore Processors for High-Performance Network Systems include the following:

— Competition is fierce in the multicore sector, with four major players and several other contenders. — Extended lifecycle and industrial temperature range are prime requirements for multicore processors. — Power consumption is a key market differentiator, particularly for devices with 2GHz+ clock frequencies.

Multicore Processors for High-Performance Network Systems provides critical data and analysis for a range of industry participants, including:

— Suppliers of multicore processors who need independent analysis of expected market demand for their products, as well as deeper insight into how their products compare with those of competitors — Telecom and networking equipment vendors looking for quantitative assessments of how multicore processors will be deployed in the coming months and years — Investors needing a better understanding of the multicore-processor sector, and which suppliers are best positioned in this market

Multicore Processors for High-Performance Network Systems is available as part of an annual subscription to Light Reading's Components Insider, priced at $1,295. Individual reports are available for $900.

To subscribe, or for more information, please visit: www.lightreading.com/commchip. For more information about other Light Reading Insider services, please visit: www.lightreading.com/research.

To request a free executive summary of the report, or for details on multi-user licensing options, please contact:

Jeff Claudino Director of Sales Insider Research Services 619-229-9940 claudino@lightreading.com Press/analyst contact: Dennis Mendyk Managing Director Insider Research Services 201-587-2154 mendyk@heavyreading.com

About Light Reading

Founded in 2000, Light Reading (www.lightreading.com) is the ultimate source for technology and financial analysis of the communications industry, leading the media sector in terms of traffic, content, and reputation. It reaches an extensive audience of executives and technologists within the telecom and enterprise networking communities, as well as the financial/industry analysts and investors who track these sectors. Light Reading was acquired by United Business Media in August 2005, and operates as a unit of CMP.

About CMP

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SOURCE Light Reading Insider

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