ARM looks to replace x86 in micro-CPE applications
Eddie Ramirez, senior director of marketing for infrastructure business at ARM, said that the prototype uCPE based on the ARM architecture delivers the performance needed at about one third the power consumption of alternative x86-based systems.
CPE is traditionally a fixed-function equipment, such as router, or wide area network controller and lacks the flexibility or scalability of servers. It is costed and tailored to meet specific requirements. The ARM-NXP team’s uCPE architecture is designed to ease scaling from 4 to 32 ARM cores and allow the easy additional and subtraction of services.
Several applications have been launched and tested on a “virtualization and container” platform from Telco Systems called NFVTime. These were tested on multiple Arm Neoverse-based processors, designed by NXP. The uCPE was then tested by Vodafone Group Labs in the UK for small to medium sized business and enterprise-class use cases.
NXP Layerscape processors – typically based on Cortex A53 or Cortex A72 cores – were used for the prototype.
Ramirez said that Vodafone is an early adopter of the ARM-NXP-Telco uCPE.
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