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AMD has announced the availability of the AMD Alchemy Solutions Access Equipment Reference Design Kit (RDK) that enables the rapid development of a wide assortment of access equipment, including data and voice enabled wireless access points, gateways, routers/firewalls and others.

The RDK is a complete package that includes both hardware and software solutions.

Based on the AMD Alchemy Solutions Au1500 processor, the Access Equipment RDK uses AMD MirrorBit Flash memory and offers the option of using the AMD Alchemy Solutions Am1772 wireless local area network (WLAN) mini PCI reference design kit - meeting customer requests for a complete AMD solution while providing higher throughput plus security.

"Designers have a single platform to secure a variety of access device markets," said Phil Pompa, AMD's vice-president of marketing for the Personal Connectivity Solutions group.

"The high-performance, low-power Au1500 processor also enables the designer to develop products that are capable of supporting more functions without worrying about having sufficient processor performance."

The AMD Alchemy Solutions Access Equipment RDK is a modular reference design platform that allows customers to target multiple market segments, including wireless access points, 802.11x voice telephony, IAD, cable MTA, high-end routers with firewall and data security, and IP-PBX.

It is capable of securely supporting hundreds of VPNs with high-throughput. The security functionality can be accelerated using the optional security co-processor from Safenet.

The option of either software or hardware based security functions allows system vendors to add high-security features only to those customers who demand it.

The highly integrated AMD Alchemy Solutions Au1500 processor is an enhanced, MIPS32 technology-based core, offered at 333, 400 or 500MHz, and includes two 10/100 Mbits Ethernet MAC, integrated Universal Service Bus (USB) host and device ports and an integrated PCI controller.

For evaluation purposes, the RDK includes 64Mbit AMD MirrorBit Flash memory and 128Mbit SRA! M. The density of both memory devices can be optimised depending on the features supported.

The RDK also includes a four port 10/100 Mbit Ethernet switch. This switch can be either eliminated or replaced depending on the final port count needed.

The PCI and Mini PCI bus allow the user an option to add other functionality ranging from wireless Ethernet, broadband cable, xDSL modem, video card, and hard drive.

The RDK contains information on both hardware and software and offers packages for the Linux operating systems. Support for VxWorks is planned for in the next two quarters.

Also included in the RDK are design files, including Bill Of Materials (BOM), schematics, and gerber files.

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