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Intel® EP80579 Integrated Processor Versus MIPS*: White Paper

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Intel® EP80579 Integrated Processor Versus MIPS*: White Paper

Executive Summary

The evolution of multiple-services business gateways (MSBGs) targeted at small business with fewer than 20 employees and the rapidly expanding managed services market pose severe challenges to embedded system architectures. MSBGs provide the entire IT data infrastructure of small businesses, including secure remote connectivity and network services such as file sharing, web services, and corporate email. The more advanced of these appliances also provide converged PBX telephony services that incorporate both PSTN and ITSP trunking, corporate voice messaging, and auto-attendant capabilities.

Small businesses wish to minimize their IT costs, while service providers are eager to reach this large, underserved market. The next generation of MSBGs must further simplify management of converged data and communications infrastructures for non-technical users. This will give small businesses the confidence and agility to effectively manage their IT infrastructure while being cost-effective and help service providers reach more small business customers with existing technical resources.

This white paper examines one award-winning MSBG and its goals to meet the following demands of a rapidly evolving market:
• Increasing use of wireless connectivity
• Deployment of gigabit Ethernet-wired LANs
• Comprehensive security
• Higher bandwidth and low latency Internet connectivity
• Resident vertical applications on the same cost-sensitive appliance

System-on-chip (SoC) devices are the heart of most MSBGs. This performance case study presents two alternative SoCs with a view to select the best processor family for next-generation MSBGs. Comparisons are made within the context of an existing commercial MSBG software suite.

The two architectures examined are:
• An existing MIPs-based PMC 8510 SoC used in current-generation products
• The recently launched Intel® EP80579 Integrated Processor

This study concludes the Intel® EP80579 Integrated Processor offers significantly improved performance and processor headroom over the incumbent MIPS-based SoC. Intel® EP80579 Integrated Processor result highlights include:
• Generally double—or more—performance gain
• 70% increase in CPU headroom during file transfers

Read the full Intel® EP80579 Integrated Processor Versus MIPS* White Paper.

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