3/25/2003 - In the race to develop new residential gateway products, turnkey reference designs offer a fast, easy path to market. To help OEMs, ODMs and system designers get a head start in today’s competitive xDSL customer premises equipment (CPE) market, Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) has developed the Smart Gateway 857 IAD reference platform, a comprehensive hardware and software platform solution designed to streamline the development of residential and SOHO gateway products.
According to the international DSL Forum (www.dslforum.org), the number of DSL subscribers worldwide grew to nearly 36 million in 2002—an increase of more than 90 percent over the year. The Asia-Pacific region had the most DSL users by the end of 2002, with 14.5 million subscribers. The continued uptake of DSL worldwide is driving the market for new DSL-based CPE products.
To help speed time to market for xDSL CPE products, Motorola has designed the Smart Gateway 857 reference platform to provide a comprehensive system foundation for developing a wide range of residential and SOHO gateway applications, such as DSL modems and routers, Ethernet routers, and integrated access devices (IADs). Powered by the cost-effective MPC857DSL PowerQUICCTM processor containing a PowerPC® core, the Smart Gateway 857 platform also takes advantage of Motorola’s security processor and DSP portfolio to offer bridging and routing capabilities, hardware-based security, packet telephony and wireless access through PCMCIA.
The Smart Gateway 857 reference platform is backed by communications software and end-to-end development tools from Metrowerks, a Motorola company. Based on both industry and open standards, Metrowerks communications software leverages the high performance and scalability of Linux® OS and includes development tools and protocol stacks. The communications software integrates a suite of software engines running on Linux OS to enable xDSL and Ethernet communications and management support, security stacks for firewall and optional VPN, wireless stacks for optional IEEE 802.11b LAN connectivity, and voice stacks for voice over IP (VoIP).
“Motorola’s Smart Gateway 857 reference platform alleviates much of the risk and design time involved in developing residential gateway equipment, freeing designers to focus their time and resources on the value-added portions of their business,” said David Perkins, vice president and general manager of Motorola’s Semiconductor Products Sector, Networking and Computing Systems Group. “Our advanced reference platform is an ideal solution for equipment designers and manufacturers because it enables them to get embedded processors, software and support from one supplier, work with the PowerQUICC architecture they know and trust, and leverage the scalable, cost-effective benefits of Linux OS.”
"The xDSL CPE market is evolving from a modem-only market to one that favors CPE manufacturers that can deliver residential and small business gateway platforms at low cost, with a variety of features, and with fast time to market," said Mike Wolf, director of Residential and Enterprise Communications at In-Stat/MDR. "Because of this, CPE system vendors are requiring their silicon partners to deliver full platform solutions. Motorola's Smart Gateway 857 platform is specifically designed to address these new market requirements, enabling broadband equipment makers to deliver residential and SOHO gateway products that are 'faster-cheaper-smarter.' In-Stat/MDR believes equipment designers can decrease costs by developing product families -- with options for security, voice, wireless and a variety of xDSL interfaces -- built around Motorola's PowerQUICC architecture and scalable software."
The Smart Gateway 857 platform includes a reference board, documentation, schematics and a bill of materials (BOM). This turnkey solution is designed to automate and expedite all phases of developing residential and small business gateway applications. Rather than having to create a gateway design from scratch, developers can spend more of their time engineering innovative application features that further differentiate their CPE product offerings. The Smart Gateway 857 is also engineered to give developers the flexibility to design a wide range of residential and SOHO gateway products based on one versatile platform. Metrowerks communications software and development tools help make it fast and easy to develop VPN-enabled DSL and Ethernet routers, as well as voice- and VPN-enabled IADs.
"The embedded Linux OS is the optimal platform for creating broadband CPE applications, providing a stable, open-source, and scalable development environment," said Berardino Baratta, vice president of the Metrowerks Linux Solutions Group and chief technology officer. "Metrowerks' software solution provides developers with comprehensive networking stacks, and the Metrowerks Platform Creation Suite of tools streamlines each step of an embedded product's development cycle, from conception to market, thereby speeding time to revenue for new CPE products."
Smart Gateway 857 Reference Platform Features and Capabilities
Pricing and Availability
The Smart Gateway 857 IAD reference platform is available now. The suggested retail price for the Evaluation Kit is $1,000 (USD). Contact Metrowerks for licensing and pricing information on development and communications software for the Smart Gateway 857. For more details about Motorola’s Smart Gateway 857 IAD reference platform, contact your local Motorola or Metrowerks sales office or visit www.motorola.com/smartnetworks and www.metrowerks.com.
Metrowerks creates CodeWarrior software and hardware products and services for developers, with a particular focus on the following industries: consumer electronics; transportation; wireless; and networking and communications. The CodeWarrior product line includes hardware and software development tools and middleware that enable customers to accelerate their time to market. In addition, Metrowerks is a recognized leader in the consumer electronics market, serving customers that include Sharp, SonyEricsson, Nintendo, Motorola PCS and more. The company also offers services, including training and custom software development. Founded in 1985, Metrowerks is today an independent operating subsidiary of Motorola Inc. (NYSE:MOT). Metrowerks corporate headquarters are in Austin, Texas; Metrowerks Europe is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland; and Metrowerks Japan is headquartered in Tokyo. For more information, please visit http://www.metrowerks.com/.
About Motorola’s Semiconductor Products Sector
As the world's #1 producer of embedded processors, Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector creates DigitalDNATM system-on-chip solutions for a connected world. Our strong focus on wireless communications and networking enables customers to develop smarter, simpler, safer and synchronized products for the person, work team, home and automobile. Motorola's worldwide semiconductor sales were $4.8 billion (USD) in 2002. For more information please visit www.motorola.com/semiconductors
The Motorola PowerQUICC family contains PowerPC processor cores.
MOTOROLA and the Stylized M Logo are registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office. The “PowerPC” name is the trademark of IBM Corp. and used under license from IBM Corp. (C) Motorola, Inc. 2003.
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