Freescale Simplifies Software-Defined Networking Implementations with New, OpenFlow™-Compatible Software Integrated on QorIQ Multicore Processors

Comprehensive VortiQa SDN solutions running on Freescale QorIQ communications processors streamline the creation of highly optimized SDN system-level solutions

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — March 3, 2014 — Leading the way in the Software-Defined Networking (SDN) era, Freescale Semiconductor introduces its new VortiQa SDN solutions, which include VortiQa open network (ON) director and switch software, optimized to run on current and future generation Freescale QorIQ multicore communications processors.

The comprehensive software comes with pre-integrated, commercial-grade OpenFlow-compatible data plane software to give OEMs and ODMs a jump-start in designing high-performance, optimized SDN system-level solutions. The software is engineered to help QorIQ customers shorten design cycles and improve the manageability of networks, while helping network operators reduce OPEX and CAPEX.

“For decades, Freescale has played an important role in each networking market transformation, and we are now uniquely positioned to help drive the innovations in programmable networks by offering integrated solutions, software and hardware,” said Raja Tabet, vice president of software and systems for Freescale’s Digital Networking business. “For customers ready to take advantage of Software-Defined Networking, Freescale’s QorIQ processors and VortiQa SDN solutions provide an optimized SDN platform created with the specific requirements of the SDN/NFV era in mind.”

VortiQa SDN solutions establish a primary building block for the design of SDN/OpenFlow-compatible customer premise and enterprise network equipment such as secure routers and gateways based on Freescale communications processors. Networking solutions for data center and cloud deployments including private, public and hybrid clouds will also benefit.

The VortiQa SDN solution is compatible with the OpenFlow 1.3.X open standard and extends to cover protocols Layer 4 and above. In addition to dedicated data plane software, the solution includes an embedded SDN controller implemented in C language for compact embedded designs, and is supported with applications including Linux® IPsec and others. VortiQa SDN solutions are optimized and validated on Freescale processors before they are delivered to customers to enhance customer time-to-market, and are backed with commercial support and services.

“ONF member companies are actively driving the commercial adoption of open SDN and supporting the needs of end users, both through organization involvement and their own product development,” said Dan Pitt, executive director of the Open Networking Foundation. “In particular, software development has been an area of high demand with the progression of the open SDN movement, and we in ONF are charged up to see our member companies addressing this industry need.”

VortiQa open network (ON) director and switch software works today with current generation QorIQ processors, and for optimal software reuse, support is planned for future QorIQ platforms based on the software-aware, core-agnostic Layerscape architecture.

Freescale: An ONF leader

As a longtime market leader in providing comprehensive solutions to the networking and communications industries, Freescale is an active participant in the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) and is contributing to the organization’s Chipmakers' Advisory Board. Central to the SDN paradigm, the OpenFlow protocol offers new levels of flexibility and interoperability for network operators by providing a standardized, programmable interface for dynamically managing networking traffic from network-wide control points. One of the only silicon vendors directly participating in ONF PlugFest events, Freescale is contributing to the development of OpenFlow extensions to cover Layer 4 – Layer 7 protocols.

At the Open Networking Summit this week in Santa Clara, Calif., Freescale will demonstrate QorIQ processors using VortiQa SDN solutions and the exceptional capabilities of its multicore architecture.


Freescale’s VortiQa open network (ON) director and switch software is planned for availability in March, 2014. Contact your local Freescale Sales representative for more information.

About Freescale Semiconductor

Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) is a global leader in embedded processing solutions, providing industry-leading products that are advancing the automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets. From microprocessors and microcontrollers to sensors, analog integrated circuits and connectivity – our technologies are the foundation for the innovations that make our world greener, safer, healthier and more connected. Some of our key applications and end-markets include automotive safety, hybrid and all-electric vehicles, next generation wireless infrastructure, smart energy management, portable medical devices, consumer appliances and smart mobile devices. The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing and sales operations around the world.

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