MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--Freescale Semiconductor Inc., formerly called Motorola Inc.'s Semiconductor Products Sector, has discontinued the development of its next-generation network processors, based on the C-Port architecture, according to a report from the The Linley Group on Wednesday (May 26).
In 2000, Motorola acquired network-processor vendor C-Port Corp. for $308 million. C-Port's C-10 network processor, originally disclosed in 2001, "is now officially dead," according to The Linley Group, a consulting group in Mountain View.
"The last chip planned for the C-Port line will be a 300-MHz version of the C-5e, which is currently under development," the report said. "Development of the companion Q-5 traffic manager, which never taped out after massive schedule slips, has also been terminated."
Freescale will continue to sell the C-5e and an FPGA version of the Q-5, but it will mainly focus on the PowerQuicc family for the data plane.
"With its PowerQuicc processors generating about $400 million a year in revenue, Freescale lost its stomach for investing in an architecture that was languishing around $10 million a year in sales," the report said. "Diminished expectations for the NPU market as a whole, combined with Freescale's poor execution, spelled the end for the C-Port line."
Freescale's decision opens the door wider for the current network processor vendors in the marketplace, including Agere, AMCC, and Intel. Freescale represents the latest in a number of players that have exited the market, including IBM Corp.