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Network processor handles 100Gbit/s Ethernet traffic

Posted: 06 Jul 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:network processor? NPU? Ethernet?

HX network processors

Xelerated has begun sampling the HX family of network processor units (NPUs) that can process up to 100Gbit/s of Ethernet traffic at wirespeed for any packet size.

Based on Xelerated's deterministic dataflow architecture, the HX family of NPUs constitutes a break-through of speed and integration. It integrates Ethernet MACs, programmable switching and advanced traffic management for the delivery of fine-granular QoS. The result is a single-chip solution with superior service density, enabling system vendors to design products for more advanced Ethernet and IP services.

To ease the development of new generation Carrier Ethernet switches and routers, Xelerated is making available a range of software and tools, including its reference design kit, software development tools, and data plane software. The HX RDK facilitates design, integration and test for a range of high-capacity interface options including 10GE, GE, Interlaken. It is a modular 1U switch flexibly designed for interoperability and verification of HX-based systems.

The Metro Ethernet Application (MEA) is a full-featured data plane software. It provides simultaneous support for Ethernet, PB, PBB, VPLS, IP, MPLS and OAM traffic with strict wirespeed guarantees. The software is provided in source code to allow for system vendor customization. The Software Development Kit is an integrated development environment for coding, testing and debugging of data plane software.

- Toni McConnel

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