AMD is getting into networking and is using a 64-bit ARM core to do it


Gigaom

Chip-maker AMD detailed today new networking technology that uses its 64-bit ARM-based system-on-chip (SoC), dubbed Hierofalcon. AMD’s demonstration of its tech at ARM TechCon 2014 highlights the fact that big chip makers like AMD and Intel are taking networking seriously and are stepping on the turf of custom networking chip makers like Cavium and Freescale.

With Hierofalcon, AMD was supposedly able to show that it could perform network function virtualization (NFV) techniques like virtualizing a network gateway, a serving gateway and mobility management entity — which is responsible for paging and authenticating mobile devices. NFV is a type of networking architecture that aims to virtualize the entire network, thus removing the need of having to manage and maintain lots of networking hardware.

The fact that people have been extending the network through the advance of mobile and the IoT in recent years has made big companies like AMD and Intel…

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