“Through NP-2’s processing flexibility and high integration EZchip has attained a leadership position in the market for high-speed network processors,” said Eli Fruchter, President and CEO of EZchip Technologies. “The NP-3 and the ensuing 100-Gigabit NP-4 for the CESR (Carrier Ethernet Switches and Routers) market and the NPA for the CEAP (Carrier Ethernet Access Platforms) market, implement our vast experience gained through working closely with customers in addressing the complex requirements for building Carrier Ethernet equipment.”
EZchip's NP-3 provides 30-Gigabit throughput and features three 10-Gigabit ports, integrated hierarchical traffic management and dedicated hardware for Ethernet and MPLS OAM processing offload. Similar to EZchip’s NP-2 network processor, in production, the NP-3 is also targeting mainly Carrier Ethernet Switches and Routers (CESR) applications. Since the NP-3 is manufactured in a 90 nanometer silicon process it offers a significant performance increase. Architecture and algorithmic enhancements further boost the NP-3 performance to provide large processing headroom and a total throughput of 30-Gigabits per second.
The NP-3 is being designed-in by customers into a variety of networking equipment including Edge Routers, Metro and Aggregation Switches, GPON OLT Access Nodes and Ethernet to SONET/SDH Switches. EZchip provides customers with reference source code to implement a variety of applications such as L2 switching, Q-in-Q, PBT, VPLS, MPLS and IPv4/IPv6 routing.
NP-3 features dedicated hardware for OAM processing offload. OAM (Operations, Administration and Maintenance) is a set of specifications that provide the cornerstone for reliability and high availability in Carrier Ethernet networks. OAM processing however burdens CESR equipment with significant processing overhead related to complex packet classification, simultaneous monitoring of many sessions and accurate bandwidth control. The NP-3 through its processing flexibility, integrated traffic management and dedicated OAM hardware, enables high-performance OAM processing that can adapt to changing standards and requirements.
NP-3 boasts all the NP-2 features, and in particular the extensive processing flexibility and the integrated hierarchical traffic management especially tuned for delivering triple-play services. In addition, the NP-3 features three 10-Gigabit ports that can operate simultaneously making it ideal for use not only on line cards in chassis-based system architectures, but also in pizza boxes that are often used in Metro Ethernet add/drop ring applications. In these applications, the two 10-Gigabit ports connect to a ring and the third port is used to provide a connection towards the subscribers.
NP-3’s exceptionally flexible packet processing enables system designers to future proof their designs to support new protocols and features through software updates. Packet parsing is supported for any field anywhere in the packet. Various table lookup options are provided with support for long lookup keys and results. Flows are classified based on any combination of extracted packet information. Any packet header and content can be edited and packets can easily be replicated to support multicast applications. A ‘run to completion’ processing model guarantees support for processing scenarios of any complexity. Large code space is provided to support complex applications as well as true hitless code updates.
The integrated traffic management provides advanced Quality of Service for enforcing flow-based service level agreements (SLA) and enabling triple-play services (voice, video, data). The NP-3 traffic management provides frame queuing and hierarchical scheduling of traffic on all NP-3 interfaces. Individual flows are assigned with specific QoS and are aggregated to enforce SLAs for services, users, virtual ports and ports.
About EZchip Technologies
EZchip Technologies is a fabless semiconductor company that provides Ethernet network processors. EZchip provides its customers with solutions that scale from 1-Gigabit to 100-Gigabit per second with a common architecture and software across all products. EZchip's network processors provide the flexibility and integration that enable triple-play data, voice and video services in access, metro and edge systems that make up the new Carrier Ethernet networks. For more information on EZchip, visit our web site at http://www.ezchip.com.
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