EZchip delivers NP-3 evaluation system

DECEMBER 2, 2008 -- EZchip Semiconductor Ltd. (search for EZchip) says it is shipping its NP-3 EZappliance, a hardware platform based on EZchip's NP-3 30-Gbit network processor. EZappliance is available to EZchip's customers as a tool on which to develop and test their application-specific software and expedite the introduction of their NP-3 based systems to the market.

The EZappliance can also be used by network equipment vendors as well as application software vendors as a hardware platform on which to deliver their software-based offerings with enhanced performance, shortened time-to-market, and reduced development costs. Such products may include Ethernet access and metro switches and routers, traffic bandwidth control and management, security gateways, and network probes for traffic monitoring and analysis, according to the company.

The NP-3 EZappliance is a 1U standalone or rack-mountable system with 24 Gigabit Ethernet SFP ports and two 10-Gbit XFP ports, and features full redundancy including swappable AC/DC power supplies, fan tray, and filter tray. It is designed to provide a complete control-plane and data-plane platform that provides fully-programmable packet processing and fine-grained hierarchical traffic management.

The integrated NP-3 network processor at the core of the EZappliance is designed to enable high throughput and flexible packet processing including Layer 2-4 header manipulation, tunneling, switching, IPv4 and IPv6 routing, and stateful flow classification. The NP-3's integrated traffic management provides quality of service, including hierarchical per-flow and per-class rate control and traffic shaping, congestion management, and highly granular statistics collection, EZchip adds.

EZappliance features both the VSC7344, a 24-port quad-speed Ethernet MAC, and the VSC8486, a 10GbE LAN/WAN transceiver, from Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. (search for Vitesse) It also features the NetLogic Microsystems (search for NetLogic Microsystems) NL7000 knowledge-based processor to enable high-speed decision processing for complex tasks such as Access Control Lists (ACL) for core, edge, metro, and enterprise networks.

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