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
“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.