EZchip discloses high-speed and access network processors roadmap

April 21, 2010
APRIL 21, 2010 -- EZchip Semiconductor Ltd. (NASDAQ:EZCH) has disclosed its roadmap for the NP high-speed and the NPA access network processor product families.

APRIL 21, 2010 -- EZchip Semiconductor Ltd. (NASDAQ:EZCH) has disclosed its roadmap for the NP high-speed and the NPA access network processor product families.

Within the high-speed category, EZchip unveiled its NP-5, a 200-Gigabit network processor with integrated 200-Gigabit traffic management for ultra-dense 10-Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), 40GbE, and 100GbE port line cards in switches and routers. The NP-5 is designed to enable line cards that feature multiple 40- and 100-Gbps ports as well as dozens of 10-Gbps ports. The new device follows what EZchip termed “successful sampling” earlier this year of the NP-4 100-Gigabit and NP-4L 50-Gigabit processors (see "EZchip samples its NP-4, 100-gigabit network processor").

Within the access category, two devices will augment EZchip’s NPA family. The NPA-4 will provide the highest performance and the NPA-0 providing the lowest cost, according to the company. Both devices are SoCs designed to integrate all the main functions of an access node. They are targeted at such applications as Carrier Ethernet access nodes for PON, microwave backhaul, base stations, VDSL, and Ethernet access. These two new products will complement the NPA-1, NPA-2, and NPA-3 that sampled last year.

“In a recent survey taken by Heavy Reading (a publication of Light Reading Inc.), EZchip’s NPUs are ranked by networking equipment vendors as the clear network processor leaders. With our fifth generation of NPUs, we are extending our offering to span solutions that range from 1 Gbps all the way up to 200 Gbps. We are underlining for our customers our continued long-term commitment to the NPU market and further solidifying our market leadership,” said Eli Fruchter, president and CEO of EZchip.

EZchip says that the NPUs integrate into a single chip the main components of a line card including programmable packet processing, traffic management, Ethernet MACs, PHYs, control CPU, and fabric interface controller. A library of available production-level applications includes data-plane code for metro Ethernet, MPLS, GPON/EPON OLT, OAM, and IEEE1588v2 clock synchronization.

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