NetLogic and EZchip to offer packet processing solutions


NetLogic Microsystems, a provider of intelligent
semiconductor solutions for next-generation Internet networks, and EZchip
Semiconductor, a provider of Ethernet network processors, announced that the
companies are collaborating to deliver the industry’s highest performance,
merchant, packet-processing solutions for IPv6-ready Terabit class systems.


By optimizing and implementing exclusive operational
modes in both EZchip’s NP-4 100Gbps network processor (NPU) and NetLogic
Microsystems’ NL11k knowledge-based processor, the companies are enabling
customers to achieve enhanced performance and functionality when using both the
processors together when compared to alternative solutions.


The companies have achieved broad
design success across leading Tier One OEMs adopting the 100G NP-4 NPU and the
NL11k knowledge-based processor.
In addition, the companies are collaborating to further enhance the performance
optimizations and tight coupling between EZchip’s next-generation NP-5 200Gbps
NPU and NetLogic Microsystems’ next-generation of knowledge-based processors at
the 28 nm node.


The ever-increasing demand for network bandwidth and for
smarter networks is continuously driving OEMs to look for solutions that offer
faster and more extensive packet processing. Additionally, the depletion of
IPv4 addresses is further stressing the Internet and is forcing the migration
to IPv6 Internet addresses, which require 5x the processing capability compared
to IPv4 packets.


Moreover, the growing requirement for deep-packet
inspection throughout the network is driving an unprecedented need for
knowledge-based processors with significantly higher performance and database


As the respective market leaders in high-speed network
processors and knowledge-based processors, EZchipand NetLogic Microsystems are raising the bar of innovation to deliver the
industry’s highest performance processors and further separate themselves from
the competition.


We are excited to expand upon our long-standing
collaboration with EZchip on multiple generations of our respective
best-in-class products,” said Chris O’Reilly, vice president of marketing,
NetLogic Microsystems.


With each successive generation, we have seen an
increase in the content of EZchip’s network processors as well as our
knowledge-based processors per line card offering increasing levels of
performance and functionality. This trend bodes well for both our companies as
customers are expected to continue to demand higher performance, more
intelligence and greater functionality,” Chris added.


Our collaboration with NetLogic Microsystems brings
together the best technologies to produce solutions that enable customers to
meet the challenges of ever increasing performance requirements,” said Amir
Eyal, vice president of business development, EZchip.


NetLogic Microsystems offers the industry’s broadest and
most innovative portfolio of high-performance knowledge-based processors that
are optimized for IPv6 processing. The NL11k processor family adopts a
ground-breaking architecture with 128 massively parallel knowledge-based
processing engines and the advanced Sahasra Algorithmic Engine.


The Sahasra Algorithmic Engine is the result of over 10
years of intensive R&D. The unique combination of advanced technologies
enables the NL11k processor to deliver 1.6 billion decisions per second (BDPS)
of IPv6 classification, QoS and forwarding processing, all performed with an
unprecedented level of parallelism compared to any other search processing
technology while consuming less power than alternative solutions.


The NL11k knowledge-based processor features a high-speed
serial interface that delivers 225 Gbps of raw chip-to-chip interconnect
bandwidth, representing a 340 percent increase in I/O bandwidth-per-pin to
deliver an improved balance between the processing engines and the I/O
performance, and thereby allowing for wider IPv6 keys to be processed at the
same search rate as narrower IPv4 keys.


EZchip’s NP-4 represents breakthroughs in performance and
integration to enable building the next generation of high-density
switch/router line cards that feature 200-400 Gigabit-per-second (Gbps)
throughput and twenty to forty 10-Gigabit ports per line card.


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