EZchip samples its NP-4, 100-gigabit network processor
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
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: