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Xilinx expands comms portfolio through Modelware buyout

Posted: 11 May 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:acquisition? communications? traffic management?

Xilinx Inc. announces its acquisition of Modelware Inc. and expands its communications portfolio to accelerate the implementation of new packet processing, switching, and traffic management solutions for meeting the exponential growth in demand for high-bandwidth and feature-reach quality of service (QoS).

Modelware is a provider of traffic management/packet processing silicon intellectual property (IP) cores and reference designs that simplify system development and enable greater differentiation for networking applications supporting 10G, 40G, 100G, and beyond.

Along with the expansion, Xilinx is introducing what they claim is the industry's first field programmable gate array (FPGA)-based 100G traffic management reference design to help customers speed their evaluation and implementation of high bandwidth packet processing applications.

"By delivering a highly integrated solution encompassing packet processing/traffic management and an array of connectivity IP cores, together with their reference design, Xilinx is addressing the critical time to market and total cost of ownership requirements of equipment makers gearing up for the high bandwidth-granular services roll-outs underway by service providers, enterprise and data center operators," says Matthias Machowinski of Infonetics Research.

The growth in the number of new computer, tablet, smartphone, and other web-connected device users, combined with the large number of applications spanning across multiple devices run concurrently by each user, is not only driving demand for higher bandwidth, but a higher number of flows that need to be controlled through the enterprise, data centers and service provider networks as well. Meanwhile, users are expecting and demanding maximum performance and better quality of experience from each of their applications. In a recent report, Infonetics Research predicts explosive growth in the number of high bandwidth ports reaching 75 percent of total port shipments by 2015. Specifically, 40G and 100G port shipments will grow from a fraction of a percent to 25 percent of overall ports deployed. Simultaneously, the drive for highly granular services provisioning and billing by service providers has been put forth across multiple networking markets.

"By augmenting FPGAs that are already fine-tuned for high-bandwidth communications technology with Modelware's traffic management/packet processing portfolio, Xilinx will be extending and accelerating its ability to deliver the benefits of programmable platforms to our large base of wired communications customers," says Krishna Rangasayee, corporate vice president and general manager, communications business unit of Xilinx. "Essentially, we are providing customers with a one-stop shop that can help them address high bandwidth challenges, million-connection-network needs, and enable system capabilities that satisfy evolving demands for quality of service."

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