NetLogic Microsystems, Inc. a worldwide leader in high-performance intelligent semiconductor solutions for next-generation Internet networks, and EZchip Semiconductor Ltd. (NASDAQ:EZCH), a leader in Ethernet network processors, today 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 industry-leading 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 capacity. As the respective market leaders in high-speed network processors and knowledge-based processors, EZchip and 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 at 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.”
“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 at EZchip. “The tight coupling between our respective chips offers our customers the most powerful packet processing solutions available.”
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. By being manufactured in the advanced 40nm process node, the NL11k processor enables 3x higher knowledge database density over competing 65nm solutions.
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. The NP-4 has already been selected for use by many customers, including Tier-1 vendors, in a variety of applications. NP-4 highlights include 100-Gbps programmable packet processing, integrated traffic management, Operations, Administration and Management (OAM) processing offload, Synchronous Ethernet and IEEE1588v2 offload, IP reassembly, integrated serial ports with support for 1, 10, 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet, and use of DDR3 DRAM memory chips for minimizing power and cost. The NP-4 is fully software compatible with EZchip’s next generation 200-Gigabit NP-5.
This powerful 100G combined solution from NetLogic Microsystems and EZchip is available immediately. This availability is timed to capture the next wave of switch and router designs which are being upgraded to handle the new paradigm of native IPv6 processing while also addressing the huge bandwidth requirements of advanced mobile infrastructure to deal with explosion of video and data traffic over smartphones and tablets.