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Freescale Communications Processors Chosen by Axerra Networks for Advanced Pseudo-Wire Solutions.

AUSTIN, Texas -- Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) (NYSE:FSL.B):

--PowerQUICC(TM) processor with QUICC Engine(TM) technology addresses challenge of circuit/service emulation over packet-based access networks

Integrated communications processors with QUICC Engine(TM) technology from Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) (NYSE:FSL.B) are driving network convergence and a smooth migration to 3G wireless networks. Axerra Networks, a leading supplier of circuit emulation and service emulation solutions, has chosen Freescale's MPC8360E PowerQUICC(TM) II Pro processor containing a PowerPC(R) core to implement pseudo-wire solutions. These scalable, carrier-class solutions from Axerra are designed to ease migration from time division multiplexing (TDM) to converged packet networks.

Axerra's AXN pseudo-wire solutions enable mobile wireless operators, cable multiservice operators, incumbent and competitive local exchange carriers, and other service providers to extend legacy voice and data services in native format over Ethernet, Internet protocol (IP) and multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) networks. Using Axerra's AXN solutions based on PowerQUICC processors, service providers can convert any access network (such as carrier Ethernet, broadband wireless including WiMAX, cable HFC, xDSL and EPON/GPON) into a full-service, packet-based alternative to TDM access.

"Pseudo-wire emulation requires advanced processor architectures and microcode that offer the flexibility to handle a wide range of both legacy and IP-based communications protocols and networking functions," said Alik Shimelmits, vice president of research and development at Axerra Networks. "The MPC8360E PowerQUICC processor provides the packet-processing performance, interworking and multi-protocol capabilities that our solutions require. In addition, Freescale's Open QUICC Engine developer program has opened the door to developing the customized microcode solutions we need to address network convergence in the wireless market."

Freescale's MPC8360E with QUICC Engine technology delivers exceptional processing performance and an optimal balance of control and dataplane functionality, coupled with a wide variety of communications interfaces and royalty-free standard protocols. The processor is backed by an extensive ecosystem of Freescale and third-party hardware/software development tools. It is also supported by Freescale's Open QUICC Engine program, which enables developers to add new functionality to their applications beyond what Freescale provides through standard microcode.

"Implementing sophisticated pseudo-wire solutions like Axerra's requires multi-protocol support that extends beyond the capabilities of existing industry-standard protocols," said Lynelle McKay, vice president and general manager of Freescale's Digital Systems Division. "Extensions to standards-based functionality also must be addressed in pseudo-wire applications, which under other circumstances might require an FPGA or ASIC or bandwidth-consuming, high-level software. Instead of resorting to these options, Axerra chose Freescale's MPC8360E processor and leveraged the resources of our Open QUICC Engine program for customized protocol development."

Freescale's Open QUICC Engine program provided Axerra with expert training, documentation, support and a CodeWarrior(R) tool-based development environment that enabled Axerra's engineers to develop their own application-specific microcode solutions. This custom microcode allows Axerra's unique algorithms to run directly on the MPC8360E processor, directly interfacing to QUICC Engine communication ports. Axerra's custom microcode also works in concert with Freescale-supplied, industry-standard protocols. The resulting multi-protocol, pseudo-wire solution enables service providers to optimize their networks from TDM to packet-based access and expand their service offerings and revenue streams.

About Freescale Semiconductor

Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. (NYSE:FSL) (NYSE:FSL.B) is a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial, networking and wireless markets. Freescale became a publicly traded company in July 2004 after more than 50 years as part of Motorola, Inc. The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing or sales operations in more than 30 countries. Freescale, a member of the S&P 500(R), is one of the world's largest semiconductor companies with 2005 sales of $5.8 billion (USD).

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