Xelerated samples 100-Gbps wirespeed network processor unit

JUNE 30, 2010 -- Xelerated says it has begun sample shipments of its HX family of network processor units (NPUs). The HX NPUs are designed to process 100 Gbps of Ethernet traffic at wirespeed for any packet size.

JUNE 30, 2010 -- Xelerated says it has begun sample shipments of its HX family of network processor units (NPUs). The HX NPUs are designed to process 100 Gbps of Ethernet traffic at wirespeed for any packet size.

The HX family of NPUs integrates Ethernet MACs, programmable switching, and traffic management for the delivery of fine-granular quality of service (QoS). The result is a single-chip approach to service density, Xelerated says.

“With the sampling of the HX family of NPUs, Xelerated is delivering on a core need for both system vendors and service providers. Xelerated’s deterministic dataflow architecture set the stage for the performance boost this chip brings to its customers,” said Bob Wheeler, senior analyst at The Linley Group. “The HX NPUs combine a high level of performance and integration, providing single-chip solutions for high-density 100-Gbps designs."

Xelerated also is making available a range of software and tools, including its reference design kit (RDK), software development tools, and data plane software:

  • The HX RDK is designed to facilitates design, integration, and testing for a range of high-capacity interface options including 10 Gigabit Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, and Interlaken. It is a modular 1U switch designed for interoperability and verification of HX-based systems. The RDK will be available by the end of August, say Xelerated sources.
  • The Metro Ethernet Application is data plane software. It provides simultaneous support for Ethernet, PB, PBB, VPLS, IP, MPLS, and OAM traffic with strict wirespeed guarantees. The software is provided in source code to allow for system vendor customization.
  • The Software Development Kit is an integrated development environment for coding, testing, and debugging of data plane software.


The company expects the NPUs to find application switch/routers, multiservice provisioning platforms (MSPPs), and other systems for metro Ethernet and Carrier Ethernet applications.

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