Very high-performance multi-core Digital Signal Processors (DSPs) are increasingly used in telecommunications access, edge and infrastructure equipment to process voice, video and radio signals. The current generation of multi-core DSPs has dramatically enhanced processing capabilities over its predecessors. As a result, these new DSPs can replace solutions that previously could only be implemented commercially using dedicated ASICs or DSPASIC combinations. What’s more, since DSPs are software-driven, when sufficiently powerful, they provide the flexibility that dedicated ASIC solutions lack. This flexibility has great appeal in access and infrastructure equipment that is expected to last many years in network deployments.