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Network processor supports multiple 40Gb, 100Gb ports

Posted: 08 Jan 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:EZchip Semiconductor? network processor? data centre? Ethernet?

EZchip Semiconductor Ltd has revealed that its latest network processor, the 200Gb NP-5, is now in full production. The device is being delivered in quantity to customers for deployment in Tier-1 carrier and data centre networks, the company indicated.The NP-5 has secured design wins among leading carrier router vendors as well as other network equipment vendors and provides a natural scale-up path for customers that use the company's NP-4 100Gb processor. The NP-5 sells at roughly a 50 per cent higher ASP and enables vendors to double and triple the port density of their line cards. With the NP-5, customers can now deliver higher port-density line cards with multiple 40Gb and 100Gb ports, while continuing their offering of NP-4 based line cards for 10Gb ports.

The NP-5 drives line cards and appliances that feature multiple 100Gb and 40Gb ports as well as numerous 10Gb ports. Through its versatility and rich feature set, the NP-5 serves a variety of carrier and data centre applications, stated EZchip.

The NP-5 features 200Gb programmable packet processing; integrated 200Gb hierarchical traffic management; Ethernet ports with integrated MACs supporting 48 x 10Gb, 12 x 40Gb, 4x100-Gigabit interfaces or combinations thereof; enhanced memory management for lookup tables, packet buffering and statistics, all using commodity DDR3 devices for minimised cost and power; 10GBase-KR links for direct connection to the system's backplane; power management for minimising line card and system power dissipation; on-chip control CPU for host CPU offload; operations, administration and management (OAM) processing offload; Synchronous Ethernet and IEEE1588v2 offload for circuit emulation services; and IP reassembly for advanced packet processing offload.

- Jean-Pierre Joosting
??EE Times Europe

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