EZchip samples 100-Gigabit network processor

EZchip Semiconductor Ltd., in Yokneam, Israel is sampling its NP-4 100-Gigabit network processor (NPU) for Carrier Ethernet equipment.

January 21, 2010 --EZchip Semiconductor Ltd., in Yokneam, Israel is sampling its NP-4 100-Gigabit network processor (NPU) for Carrier Ethernet equipment.

EZchip will discuss the NP-4 and have it on display along with its NPA network processors for Ethernet access applications, at the Linley Tech Carrier Ethernet Design Seminar, January 28, 2010 in San Jose, Calif.

NP-4 highlights include:
* 100 gigabits per second throughput for building 40-400 Gigabit line-cards and pizza boxes;
* integrated traffic management providing granular bandwidth control;
* enhanced support for video streams and IPTV;
* on-chip control CPU for host CPU offload;
* power management for minimizing line card and system power dissipation;
* operations, administration, and management (OAM) processing offload;
* Synchronous Ethernet and IEEE1588v2 offload for Circuit Emulation Services;
* IP reassembly for advanced packet processing offload;
* integrated serial ports with support for 1, 10, 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet;
* on-chip Fabric Interface Controller for interfacing to Ethernet-based as well as proprietary switch-fabric solutions;
* utilizing DDR3 DRAM memory chips for minimizing power and cost; and
* software compatibility with EZchip’s NP-2, NP-3 and NPA network processors.

“EZchip has achieved a major industry milestone by being the first vendor to deliver a 100Gbps network processor,” says Bob Wheeler, senior analyst at the Linley Group. “In addition to enabling 100G Ethernet line cards, the NP-4 delivers excellent integration for high-density GbE and 10GbE designs.”

“The high level of integration of the NP-4” combined with its feature set, has resulted in an excellent market response to the NPU, says Eli Fruchter, president and chief executive officer of EZchip Technologies. NP-4 enables “system vendors to evolve their line-cards from 80-160 Gbps to 200-400 Gbps. These line cards can then provide multiple 100-Gigabit ports or twenty to forty 10-Gigabit ports per card, bringing 10-Gigabit to par with 1-Gigabit port density.”

The NP-4 product brief with technical details and application examples can be downloaded at http://www.ezchip.com/p_np4.htm.

The Linley Group Seminar “Carrier Ethernet Design” on January 28th is intended for system designers, network-equipment vendors, OEMs, carriers/service providers, press, and the financial community. Attendance is free to qualified attendees who register by January 22, 2010 at the following address:
http://linleygroup.com/Seminars/carrier_ethernet_registration.html

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