NetLogic Microsystems offers 40-Gbps wire-speed deterministic Layers 2-7 intelligent processor

JULY 7, 2010 -- NetLogic Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: NETL) has unveiled the NLX1281103A, which it asserts is the industry's first fully deterministic intelligent networking offering capable of concurrently processing advanced Layer 2-7 functions at 40-Gbps wire speed.

Based on multi-core processing and knowledge-based processing technologies, the NLX1281103A is designed to enable the simultaneous and deterministic processing of complex networking functions such as deep packet content inspection, application-aware switching and routing, intrusion prevention (IPS), anti-virus/malware, network service management, packet ordering, parsing, IPv6/IPv4 forwarding, classification, IPSec/SSL encryption, ACL security, compression/decompression, and quality-of-service (QoS) at 40-Gbps wire speed.

Because available competitive devices provide non-deterministic, high-latency, and best-effort packet processing, networking OEMs have been forced to compromise network integrity by separating Layer 2-4 and Layer 4-7 processing on different cards and then selectively perform certain functions only on a fraction of the traffic, NetLogic Microsystems claims. Conversely, the NLX1281103A enables next-generation switches, routers, access aggregation, metro Ethernet, service gateways, security appliances, and storage appliances to perform uncompromised L2-L7 packet processing on every packet of traffic with minimal network latency under a wide variety of Internet traffic scenarios, the company says. Such performance ensures predictable network behaviors and eliminates network bottlenecks, NetLogic Microsystems says.

The NLX1281103A incorporates 32 NXCPUs from the company’s XLP multi-core, multi-threaded processor family, along with 128 knowledge-based processing engines, 196 Intelligent Fabric for Automata (IFA) engines from the NETL7 processor family, and more than 40 fully autonomous programmable processing engines -- all tightly coupled and working in concert to deliver deterministic wire-speed performance, NetLogic Microsystems says.

"NetLogic Microsystems is very uniquely positioned to deliver this integrated L2-L7 system solution that leverages the company's multiple generations of its multi-core processors, knowledge-based processors and content processors," said Bob Wheeler, senior analyst at The Linley Group. "The explosive growth of video and mobile-data traffic has made the determinism and line-rate throughput of functions such as IPv6 classification and deep-packet inspection extremely critical to the overall performance for next-generation networks."

"As a leading provider of complete ATCA platform solutions for the Long Term Evolution (LTE), femtocell, and deep packet inspection (DPI) markets, we have been very impressed with NetLogic Microsystems' technology leadership across all its product lines," said Mike Coward, CTO at Continuous Computing. "We are excited to be offering our latest generation ATCA products using NetLogic Microsystems' multi-core, multi-threaded processors and knowledge-based processors."

The NLX1281103A is expected to sample in the third quarter of 2010 and NetLogic Microsystems is now engaging with early adopters of this technology.

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