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Multicore comm processor boosts network security

Posted: 23 Apr 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:multicore? communication processor? Ethernet? network security?

From LSI Corp. comes the APP3100 multicore communication processor for enterprise and service providers.

Based on the LSI APP3300, the new part gives networking equipment providers a space-efficient and cost-effective solution for accelerating carrier Ethernet and network security functions. Designed for applications such as Ethernet OAM, wirespeed security and network timing, the 23mm x 23mm LSI APP3100 can completely offload these functions from the host processor, without external memory.

The chip consumes fewer than 4W of power, minimizing board space and power requirements for simplified integration and lower operating costs.

The APP3100 offers deterministic datapath bandwidth for packet processing and traffic management. The processor also integrates security features including public key acceleration and full hardware offload of IPsec security processing. The processor's two triple-mode Ethernet ports, capable of operating at 10-, 100-/s or 1000Mbit/s, provide flexible connectivity options for bump-in-the-wire applications.

The APP3100 communication processor can be deployed without complex programming using the supplied configuration utility. LSI also provides a production-quality, application-specific software package for the APP3100 that reduces development time by supporting the leading IEEE, ITU-T and MEF standards.

- Julien Happich
EE Times Europe

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