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Netlogic, Wintegra to co-develop reference solution

Posted: 19 Feb 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:solution DPI reference? 4G HSPA LTE? base station wireless?

NetLogic Microsystems Inc. and Wintegra team up to develop an application-intelligent deep-packet inspection (DPI) reference solution targeted at next-generation 4G/LTE and HSPA+ wireless base station and aggregation backhaul systems.

The reference solution incorporates Wintegra's WinPath access packet processors and NetLogic Microsystems' NETL7 Layer 7 knowledge-based processor. It enables mobile operators to perform real-time DPI to effectively manage services, bandwidth, per-subscriber QoS and security of their networks.

The growing consumer adoption of intelligent handsets and mobile video phones is creating new demands on the mobile wireless infrastructure. Existing deployments of 3G networks are being upgraded to HSPA+ capability and are quickly becoming swamped with peer-to-peer (P2P), video streaming, VoIP and gaming traffic, and are susceptible to the same type of aggressive network security attacks afflicting traditional wireline broadband networks.

Enhance ROI
Deep-packet inspection technology provides an effective solution that enables operators to efficiently use available network resources to deploy tiered service plans (to enhance ROI, and to reduce security threats on the network as well as mobile devices). These capabilities can be rolled forward into LTE designs with software and performance upgrades offered by Wintegra and NetLogic Microsystems.

The collaborative reference design offers operators and OEMs the ability to perform comprehensive and real-time DPI in the base station. It also allows them to access aggregation equipment without compromising the overall network throughput or extending system latency while offering lower power consumption compared with other solutions. Given the existing deployments of Wintegra's WinPath solution in mobile access networks, vendors can quickly upgrade their networks to add these important capabilities.

Wintegra's WinPath family comprises advanced packet processors with up to 12 protocol-processing engines specifically optimized for data plane processing functions in advanced mobile wireless infrastructure equipment. The highly optimized packet engines offer higher performance and lower power consumption for next-generation HSPA+, LTE and WiMAX systems. The multiprotocol functionality and internetworking features, combined with carrier-grade, production protocol software from Wintegra, enables operators to seamlessly migrate from today's ATM and TDM networks to IP networks while minimizing costs, time-to-market, power consumption and footprint.

NetLogic Microsystems' NETL7 knowledge-based processor family comprises highly scalable solutions that are optimized to accelerate computationally intensive DPI functions in real time. The NETL7 processors enable wireless infrastructure OEMs to develop a wide range of systemsfrom base stations and NodeB equipment to access aggregation and gateway solutions. The NETL7 processors integrate NetLogic Microsystems' Intelligent Finite Automaton technology, which perform cross-packet inspection in hardware. In addition, the NETL7 processors integrate on-chip memory and provide over 100Tbit/sof ultra-low latency access bandwidth to on-chip rule databases.

"We're pleased to have collaborated with Wintegra to develop a reference solution that includes best-in-class technologies from both our companies," said Chris O'Reilly, VP of marketing at NetLogic. "Because the WinPath and NETL7 processors are highly optimized for data path and DPI content processing, respectively, we believe that our joint reference solution offers customers the highest performance, lowest power consumption and lowest latency relative to any competing solutions."

The collaborative reference solution includes software development kits (SDKs) for Wintegra's WinPath processor and NetLogic Microsystems' NETL7 knowledge-based processor. The Wintegra SDK includes C-language sources and an API for driver interface code (WDDI) for all WinPath features, as well as an optional Wintegra DPS Development Kit (WDDK). The WDDK provides production-ready data path source code for key base station, backhaul and aggregation protocols and a tool suite consisting of a compiler, linker, debugger and performance analysis tools.

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