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Intel details next-gen comms platform

Posted: 16 Feb 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:communications platform? Crystal Forest? cloud connectivity?

Intel Corp. has made public features of its next-generation communications platform. The platform, dubbed as "Crystal Forest," builds upon the company's presence in communication infrastructure.

According to Intel, the platform will handle data processing across networks more efficiently and securely. It will also address the specialized needs for handling cloud connectivity and content processing.

The Crystal Forest platform will enable equipment manufacturers to design more flexible platforms, from small- to medium-sized business firewalls to high-end routers. Service providers, too, can save money by deploying fewer complex platforms, making their network easier to manage and maintain. The Intel platform roadmap plans to deliver annual performance refreshes for several years, so equipment manufacturers and service providers will be able to scale and refresh their designs to meet future network needs. Additionally, Crystal Forest will use a common application programming interface and common drivers so that multiple designs can be implemented in much less time and at much lower development costs.

Developers can accelerate software development, testing and integration by utilizing a simulation model of the Crystal Forest platform provided by Wind River Simics, Intel added. With Simics, users can model any Crystal Forest target configuration and then run unmodified target software on that model. Wind River Simics enables developers to do BIOS bring-up, operating-system optimization and application development more efficiently, Intel said.

The new platform is scheduled to be available later in 2012.





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