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40Gbit/s platform targets LTE EPC gateways

Posted: 25 Aug 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:AdvancedTCA platform? blade? next-generation networks?

Advantech and NetLogic Microsystems announced a partnership to provide an advanced 40Gbit/s AdvancedTCA (ATCA) platform using NetLogic Microsystems' XLPTM multicore, multi-threaded processors with 64 NXCPUs, knowledge-based processors, and 10GE PHY solutions.

Advantech's ATCA-7410 design supports the new 40Gbit/s ATCA standards and is targeted at LTE enhanced packet core (EPC) gateways, service routers, metro ethernet, access aggregation, mobile backhaul systems and network security platforms. Building on the success of its Packetarium portfolio which uses NetLogic Microsystems' XLR multi-core processors, the ATCA-7410 expands Advantech's packet processing, offering to the ATCA form factor greater scalability and higher availability for manufacturers building state-of-the-art networking equipment.

Each ATCA-7410 blade utilizes 64 NXCPUs from the XLP processor family, 128 knowledge-based processing engines from the NL11k processor family and multiple NLP1342 10GE PHYs to enable significant advantages in performance, functionality, power and cost. This ATCA system is designed to meet the needs of OEMs to support systems with up to 14 blades in a chassis permitting scalability to over 500Gbit/s throughput per chassis.

Empoweing the ATCA-7410 solution are efficient XLP processors combining the power of 64 NXCPUs, each operating at up to 2.0GHz while being based on an innovative superscalar engine with out-of-order execution capabilities to give unparalleled data and control plane performance, as well as the ability to support numerous in-flight messages and packet descriptors. These XLP cores are quad-threaded to effectively minimize bottlenecks and memory latencies that are inherent in data-plane processing applications. The 40nm XLP processors also encompass complete offload of network functions, including IPSec/SSL security functions, packet parsing, ordering, queuing, management, compression or decompression, storage, TCP segmentation and IEEE1588 hardware time stamping.

Meanwhile, as a complement to the 64 NXCPUs, the XLP832 multi-core, multi-threaded processors directly interface over a 50Gb/s high-speed, low-latency serial bus to the NL11k knowledge-based processor, resulting in the CPUs high-speed access to 128 of NetLogic Microsystems' knowledge-based processing engines. These engines then deliver up to 1.2 billion decisions per second of advanced Layers 2 to 4 flow classification, IPv4/IPv6 forwarding, ACL security and quality-of-service (QoS) policing. The NL11k is likewise produced in TSMC's 40nm high-performance process, which also features optimum die size, performance and power.

Finally, to complete the ATCA-7410 solution, the blade includes multiple NLP1342 quad-port 10 GbE PHY devices from NetLogic Microsystems which deliver receive equalization and transmit pre-emphasis technologies for lower latency and jitter, and extended cablings distances for 10/40/100 GbE applications. The device, also manufactured in the advanced 40nm node, supports both direct-attach twin-ax copper and SR/LR optical cabling and offers low power consumption of only 0.5W/channel to enable energy-efficient networking equipment. Advantech's ATCA-7410 platforms will be sampling in the Q4 2010.





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