Applied Micro Circuits Corporation : AppliedMicro's Catalina SoC Improves Streaming Performance by 10X in Connected Digital Homes With World's First Integrated USB 3.0
01/10/2012| 08:25am US/Eastern
APM86491 embedded processor accelerates file transfers in network
storage and wireless access point systems for industry leading storing,
streaming and sharing experience
International CES -- Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (NASDAQ:AMCC),
today announced it will showcase Catalina APM86491, the world's first
embedded processing SoC with two integrated USB 3.0 interfaces, enabling
a 10X improvement in video streaming throughput. With the industry's
best networking performance, richest feature set and lowest power
consumption, Catalina makes the ideal processing solution for storing,
streaming and sharing applications in the connected digital home.
APM86491 embedded processor accelerates file transfers in network storage and wireless access point systems for industry leading storing, streaming and sharing experience (Photo: Business Wire)
Targeted for the next generation consumer Network Attached Storage (NAS)
and Wireless Access Point (WAP) solutions, Catalina unifies
enterprise-class performance with the needs of today's digitally
connected consumer. The Catalina device integrates several
application-aware offload engines supporting a enterprise class QoS
engine, TCP offload engines for both transport and receive, and a
high-speed packet classification engine. These accelerators enable
support for high-quality sharing of video, photos, audio and other
digital files through any connected consumer device. No other competing
SoC in the market place today offers Catalina's two integrated USB 3.0
ports - one host port and an "On-The-Go" (OTG) port - supporting
bandwidth up to 5 Gbits/sec each. At speeds of 370MBytes per second, the
SoC enables transfer rates 10X faster than competing NAS and WAP
solutions with USB 2.0 ports.
"This is the breakout year for USB 3.0 as it gains momentum in a wide
range of mobility and PC computing platforms. AppliedMicro is providing
the ability to seamlessly combine storage and wireless streaming at
multi gigabit transfer rates to enable a new level of consumer
multimedia experience," said Vinay Ravuri, Vice President and General
Manager of the Embedded Processor Business Unit of AppliedMicro. "By
leading the industry in the integration of dual USB 3.0 ports, the
Catalina enables the delivery of enterprise-class performance and
quality of service to the connected home at price points demanded by
mainstream technology consumers."
The digital home is converging towards an all-in-one network appliance
that serves as a router, wireless access point and a networked storage
drive. AppliedMicro's designs for NAS and wireless access point
solutions integrated together with USB 3.0 enable multiple simultaneous
streams of video, audio and other digital files. The USB 3.0
connectivity pushes the envelope of transfer speeds to 5 Gbits/s, easing
the ability to store, stream and share data, photos, music, videos.
Files as large as 4 Gigabytes, such as a feature-length movie, can now
be downloaded and shared in less than ten seconds. At 1/10 of the
throughput, previous generations of solutions based on USB 2.0 ports
were prohibitively slow for such transfers.
AppliedMicro's Catalina APM86491 is the industry's first embedded
processor equipped to handle the bandwidth required from next-generation
solutions. With line rate read/write performance for storage access, and
high speed classification engines for traffic shaping multi gigabit
streaming bandwidths, Catalina provides the ability to play multiple
movies over the network in a power envelope of less than 3W. Integrating
two USB 3.0 ports on chip eliminates the need for separate host adapters
on system boards, and reduces bill-of-material costs by as much as $8.
Additionally, two PCI Express® Gen 2 ports, up to two SATA-II ports and
two 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports on a single device delivers the
industry's best I/0 throughput.
AppliedMicro is demonstrating USB 3.0-enabled NAS and wireless access
point designs at 2012
International CES, Jan. 10-13, in Meeting Room #MP26055 of the Las
Vegas Convention Center.
The NAS and WAP reference designs by AppliedMicro provide consumer
device manufacturers with the essential hardware and software elements
to rapidly bring systems to market with the latest technology standards
that improve performance and connectivity.
AppliedMicro is a global leader in energy conscious computing solutions
for telco, enterprise, data center, consumer and SMB applications. With
a 30-year heritage as an innovator in high-speed connectivity and high
performance embedded processing, AppliedMicro employs patented Power
Architecture® SoCs to provide energy efficient products that can deliver
up to a 40 percent reduction in power consumption without sacrificing
performance. AppliedMicro's corporate headquarters are located in
Sunnyvale, California. Sales and engineering offices are located
throughout the world. For further information regarding AppliedMicro,
visit the company's Web site at http://www.apm.com.
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