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 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.