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Teradiant in system development deal with Sanmina-SCI

Posted: 28 Jun 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:teradiant networks? network processing? teramina? ixf1110? ixp2850?

Traffic-management IC specialist Teradiant Networks Inc. announced a deal here at the Supercomm show with electronics manufacturing giant Sanmina-SCI Corp. to jointly develop an open network processing platform called Teramina.

Teramina, based on the Advanced Telecommunication Computing Architecture (ATCA), will put Sanmina-SCI into the ODM market for the first time.

Subhash Bal, vice president of marketing at Teradiant, said the Teramina model calls for the use of Intel IXF1110 and IXP2850 network processors, though NPUs from EZ-Chip, Xelerated and other vendors also could be used.

Traffic management and switching is handled on a card with the Teradiant TN9450 traffic manager. Teradiant's PP chip and PMC-Sierra's PM5390 will handle egress processing.

Teradiant predefined board functions within the Teramina chassis, including the switch fabric module and shelf management controller, though Sanmina's system users can customize many of the add-in boards through open APIs.

Both companies made a conscious decision to offer an ATCA architecture to encourage faster time-to-market and greater interoperability. Even the basic Teramina box can handle such network-edge functions as Ethernet, IP, MPLS and ATM.

Bal said he expected many of Sanmina's customers to begin with a generic approach, adding more customized functions, either through software or additional hardware functions, to offer unique networking devices based on the Teramina core design.

- Loring Wirbel

EE Times





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