Xelerated intros new NPU product

JANUARY 30, 2008 -- The new device, named X11-d240t, adds processing capacity for very advanced high-performance systems such as service routers and advanced service edge applications, say company representatives.

JANUARY 30, 2008 -- Xelerated (search for Xelerated) today announced a new high-performance NPU targeting service routers and advanced service edge applications. The company also announced general availability of its fully featured Metro Ethernet Application.

Xelerated says its current X11 product family, which includes the X11-s200, X11-d200, and X11-d240, is used in more than 60 customer designs for Carrier Ethernet switches, Ethernet-over-SONET in transport platforms, GPON/EPON OLTs, DSLAM aggregation systems, and routers.

The new device, named X11-d240t, adds processing capacity for very advanced high performance systems such as service routers and advanced service edge applications, say company representatives. The X11-d240t has been developed in close cooperation with Tier 1 customers that are planning to deploy programmable 24-Gbit/sec full duplex single chip devices in sophisticated networking systems, they note. The X11-d240t delivers a full feature set without any performance degradation and still maintains significant headroom for future feature requirements.

In a related announcement, Xelerated says its Metro Ethernet Application (MEA) is now generally available. MEA has been developed together with Xelerated's customers, and it is today the basis for multiple production systems. MEA provides a feature rich and standards-compliant application and serves as a foundation for network equipment vendors to use either as-is for production systems or as a basis for enhancement with customer proprietary and differentiating features, claims Xelerated. It is fully integrated into the company's "Dataflow Architecture" and is supported across the entire X11 product family.

A complete Carrier Ethernet Layer 2 feature set is supported, which includes Provider Bridging (802.1ad); Provider Backbone Bridging (PBB, 802.1ah); Provider Backbone Bridge-Traffic Engineering (PBB-TE, 802.1Qay); and VPLS, as well as Layer 3 features, including MPLS LER/LSR, IPV4/IPV6 routing, L2/L3 VPN, Multicast, OAM (802.1ag), IP tunneling, ACLs, and diagnostics SW. MEA provides hardware acceleration of OAM functions such as continuity check (IEEE 802.1ag), automatic learning/aging, and fast table updates. MEA supports a robust C-API for integration with custom-developed software and runs on all members of the X11 NPU family as well as on Xelerated's developments kits and Harpoon Metro Ethernet Switch.

"I have witnessed many customer successes based on MEA," reports Thomas Eklund, vice president of marketing and business development at Xelerated. "MEA provides a rapid return on investment and fast time-to-market. Typically, a customer gains between 6-12 months in time-to-market and saves somewhere between $1-2 million in SW development cost," he asserts.

"Xelerated is part of an emerging trend among merchant semiconductor companies to use their systems expertise to set themselves apart from their competition," adds Bob Wheeler, senior analyst at The Linley Group. "The introduction of the X11-d240t and MEA shows a clear commitment to enabling feature rich, scalable, wire-speed Carrier Ethernet platforms for Xelerated's Tier One customer base. The reduced development costs, faster time to market, and investment protection these products deliver are good news for customers."

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