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EZchip Samples the NP-4, 100 Gigabit Network Processor, for Carrier Ethernet applications

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EZchip Semiconductor, a leader in Ethernet network processors, has announced that it is sampling its NP-4 100-Gigabit network processor (NPU). With NP-4, EZchip brings to market the highest performance programmable single-chip solution for Carrier Ethernet equipment. They are supplied in Australia by Caelera .

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 20-40 10-Gigabit ports. The NP-4 has already been selected for use by many customers, including Tier-1 vendors, in a variety of applications.

Notable features of NP-4100 Gigabit Network Processors include:

  • On-chip control CPU for host CPU offload
  • Power management for minimizing line card and system power dissipation
  • Operations, Administration and Management (OAM) processing offload
  • 100 Gbps throughput for building 40-400 Gigabit line-cards and pizza boxes
  • Integrated traffic management providing granular bandwidth control
  • Enhanced support for video streams and IPTV
  • Synchronous Ethernet and IEEE1588v2 offload for Circuit Emulation Services
  • IP reassembly for advanced packet processing offload
  • Integrated serial ports with support for 1, 10, 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet
  • Utilizing DDR3 DRAM memory chips for minimizing power and cost
  • Software compatible with EZchip’s NP-2, NP-3 and NPA network processors
  • On-chip Fabric Interface Controller for interfacing to Ethernet-based as well as proprietary switch-fabric solutions
“EZchip has achieved a major industry milestone by being the first vendor to deliver a 100Gbps network processor,” said Bob Wheeler, senior analyst at The Linley Group. “In addition to enabling 100G Ethernet line cards, the NP-4 delivers excellent integration for high-density GbE and 10GbE designs.”

“The high level of integration of the NP-4 coupled with its extensive feature set, has resulted in an excellent market response to our ground-breaking NPU. NP-4 is a true enabler for accelerating the proliferation of 10-Gigabit ports and the introduction of 100-Gigabit ports in Carrier Ethernet networks. It allows system vendors to evolve their line-cards from 80-160 Gbps to 200-400 Gbps. These line cards can then provide multiple 100-Gigabit ports or twenty to forty 10-Gigabit ports per card, bringing 10-Gigabit to par with 1-Gigabit port density,” added  Fruchter.

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