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Packet accelerator meets needs of next-gen networks

Posted: 01 Nov 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:packet accelerator? Gigabit Ethernet? AdvancedTCA? WIMAX?

Interphase Corp. has developed a portfolio of standards-based packet accelerator products based on the Cavium Networks Octeon Plus family of network service processors to address the emerging needs of security, deep packet inspection, packet routing and policy based forwarding and pattern matching functions in next-generation networks.

The portfolio includes the iSPAN 36CA quad GbE mid-size and full-size AdvancedMC modules for use in AdvancedTCA, MicroTCA and other proprietary platforms, as well as the iSPAN 55CA quad GbE PCI-x module for use with rack-mount server platforms. The iSPAN 36CA and iSPAN 55CA packet accelerator products are aimed for use in applications including ASN Gateways and Base Stations in WIMAX networks, radio network controllers, packet access gateways and gateway GPRS service nodes in W-CDMA 3G/HSPA/LTE networks and security and content inspection appliances.

Cavium Networks' Octeon family of multicore processors provide integrated hardware acceleration engines for security and data content, coprocessors for TCP offload, anti-virus, IDS, compression and decompression, advanced Layer4+ hardware acceleration and software compatibility.

The AMC 2.0 compliant iSPAN 36CA, with quad GbE and PCI-e x4 connectivity on the AdvancedMC connector, is offered with up to 1Gbyte of memory and up to 32Mbytes of optional 16bit RLDRAM memory, and is suitable for use in a wide variety of AdvancedTCA and MicroTCA based application platforms.

The iSPAN 55CA is an intelligent full-size PCI-x quad GbE network interface card, with PCI-x connectivity to the host and a SPI4.2 connector for back to back connectivity of cards. It is offered with up to 4Gbytes of memory and up to 32Mbytes of optional 16bit RLDRAM memory, and is suitable for use with enterprise class and carrier-grade rack mount server platforms.

Both products will be delivered with a modular software offering, including OS, software development toolset and fast path data processing modules.

- Ismini Scouras

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