ARM processors fuel the millions of video-ready smartphones and tablets that are pushing wireless telecom equipment to its limits with growing bandwidth demands, but they have done little to help transmit that data overload. That's about to change.
Much has been made of the growing role of ARM Cortex-A15 system-on-chips in the x86-dominated server market, and the greater server inroads expected from upcoming 64-bit, ARMv8 Cortex-A57 cores. Yet these are also the first ARM designs that actively target networking and telecom equipment – which typically run Linux -- in addition to mobile and server applications.
Until recently, ARM SoCs have been primarily limited to networking endpoint devices such as routers and network attached storage devices. Yet, ARM is increasingly seen on network appliances, broadband gateways, and even some small-scale 4G basestations using SoCs like Cavium's Econa, Marvell's Armada XP, or Mindspeed's Comcerto and Transcede...
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