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NP-4, the world’s first 100-Gigabit network processor available from Caelera

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EZchip Semiconductor announced that it is sampling its NP-4 100-Gigabit network processor (NPU), available from Caelera . The NP-4, EZchip network processors bring to market a high performance programmable single-chip solution for Carrier Ethernet equipment.

“We are excited to sample the NP-4, the world’s first 100-Gigabit NPU. Through its exceptional performance and integration we believe that the NP-4 will dominate the high-speed NPU market for years to come,” said Eli Fruchter, President and CEO of EZchip Technologies.

Features of the NP-4 100-Gigabit network processors include:

  • These network processors feature on-chip control CPU for host CPU offload
  • IP reassembly for advanced packet processing offload
  • Utilizing DDR3 DRAM memory chips for minimizing power and cost
  • 100 Gbps throughput for building 40-400 Gigabit line-cards and pizza boxes
  • Operations, Administration and Management (OAM) processing offload
  • The software on the network processors are compatible with EZchip’s NP-2, NP-3 and NPA network processors
  • Integrated traffic management providing granular bandwidth control
  • Integrated serial ports with support for 1, 10, 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet
  • On-chip Fabric Interface Controller for interfacing to Ethernet-based as well as proprietary switch-fabric solutions
  • Power management for minimizing line card and system power dissipation
  • The NP-4 100-Gigabit network processors feature enhanced support for video streams and IPTV
  • Synchronous Ethernet and IEEE1588v2 offload for Circuit Emulation Services
The NP-4 network processors represent 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.

“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 network processors are true enablers for accelerating the proliferation of 10-Gigabit ports and the introduction of 100-Gigabit ports in Carrier Ethernet networks. They allow 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 Mr. Fruchter.

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