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Freescale Semiconductor Inc. (FSL)

February 21, 2013 2:00 pm ET


Jim Turley

Toby Foster

Robert Redfield


Jim Turley

Good afternoon and good morning, everybody, and welcome to the OpenSystems Media E-cast. Today's topic is on high-performance computing brought to us by the nice folks at Freescale Semiconductor and Green Hills Software. Our speakers today are Toby from Freescale and Robert Redfield from Green Hills. We'll be talking a little bit more about them in just a minute.

But first, more about me. My name is Jim Turley. I'll be the moderator for the seminar today. I'll be introducing our speakers and then at the end of the show, I'll be handling the Q&A from you, our audience.

As we said, today's topic is on high-performance computing, specifically high-performance computing as it relates to network and communications. This is the kind of thing we wouldn't have seen too many years ago. The technology we're about to discuss would have made a pretty darn nice computer or video game console or other high-end machine not that long ago, and now we're embedding it inside communications devices where most of us are never going to see it. That's pretty impressive, especially when we start to get into the details of the device on the software that runs on.

Here to tell us about it, we've got a couple of specialists, again, as I've said, Toby Foster from Freescale and Robert Redfield from Green Hills. Toby is exquisitely well-suited to talk about this topic because he is the Product Marketing Manager for Freescale's Digital Networking Group, which sounds like it's just the right fit for this product. He focuses on the development of high-performance Power Architecture multicore processors. That's what most of us would've called PowerPC not too long ago in Freescale's QorIQ communications processor portfolio. Previous to this, he had roles as a system architect and as an applications engineering manager also at Freescale with the network processors. He's got a Masters and a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Harvey Mudd Co, Pomona.

Later on, we'll here form Robert Redfield. He's at Green Hills in Santa Barbara, California. That's what? A couple of hours away from Pomona, I think. He's the Director of Partner Business Development at Green Hills Software, where he creates and manages collaborative engineering, marketing and co-selling activities with the strategic embedded semiconductor manufacturers and related associations. There at Green Hills, he focuses on defining hardware, software product road maps with their partners, with field sales and with early technology sharing initiatives. Sounds like both guys are staying pretty busy.

Before we launch into the good stuff, I've got a couple of notes for you, our audience. Our talk today runs for an hour, and if you haven't done this before, it's pretty straightforward. You get to sit back, relax and watch the slides. Actually, no. We don't want you to sit back and relax. We want you to lean forward and participate. As our speakers are going on here, you have an opportunity to send a shout out to ask questions that we will be asking at the end of the Q&A period.

If you look at your software console there, you'll see that you've got some blue buttons on the screen. Those are pretty straightforward, but I'll walk you through them anyway. Probably, most important is at the lower left corner of your screen. You've got a box that says ask a question, and a blue submit question button right under it. That's where you, our audience members, get to play with our speakers. Type in your question here at any time starting from now right until the end of the talk, type in your question and during the Q&A session, we'll try to get to that and you can ask your question of the audience member. So don't forget to keep those questions coming.

Also across the bottom of your screen, you'll see some other blue buttons that say enlarge slide. I bet you can guess what that one does. Another one that says download slides; again, pretty self explanatory. And a third one that says forward to a friend. Now it doesn't have to be a friend. You could forward the slides to yourself, to a colleague, to someone else who might want an offline copy of the slides for later reference. We encourage you to do that.

And speaking of offline copies, we're on iTunes. You can download this whole presentation audio and all starting about this time tomorrow. We'll have it up on iTunes. Just search for embedded e-cast and you'll find not only this presentation, but all the other ones we've done as well.

So with that, I'm going to turn the presentation over to our first speaker, Toby Foster at Freescale. Take it away, Toby.

Toby Foster

All right. Thanks, Jim. I want to start by describing some of the trends that are driving us at Freescale to develop higher and higher performance device in increasing levels of sophistication.

So much of it is derived from the increase of usage of mobile devices, expected to be 3 mobile devices for every member of the population coming soon. And they're being used more extensively. The traffic rates are increasing every month. So this is driving increased levels of bandwidth all the way back into the core of the network. It's driving more sophisticated applications in terms of quality of service management. There's also increased cyber threat requirements for packet inspection.

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