EZchip announces new product family for Ethernet access apps

To be released in Australia in 2008

Ethernet network processor provider, EZchip Technologies Ltd.today announced a new family of products targeting Ethernet Access applications which will be available in Australia in 2008.

Several models of the network processors, named NPA, will be offered in 2008 with combinations of 100-Mbit, 1-Gbit, and 10-Gbit Ethernet ports with an aggregate throughput of up to 10-Gbits.

The NPA product family addresses the transition of carrier access from ATM/TDM-based networks to Ethernet packet-based networks and the provisioning of triple-play services that command increased bandwidth and service guarantees to business users.

According to the company, the addition of the NPA will round up EZchip's product offering to feature a series of Ethernet network processors for the carrier edge, metro, and access markets, with throughputs ranging from 1-Gbit to 100-Gbits and a common architecture and software.

EZchip says the NPA is a scaled down version of the company's NP-3 30-Gigabit network processor. It features the same architecture, integrated traffic management, and full software compatibility with the NP-3. I

t provides system vendors with an integrated offering for a variety of carrier access applications, including: Ethernet demarcation, access, and aggregation nodes; wireless backhaul and base stations aggregation for mobile access; GPON/EPON aggregation nodes (OLT) for optical access; and VDSL aggregation nodes (DSLAM) for copper access.

The company's CEO, Eli Fruchter, said through a reuse of the company's technology and a moderate increase in R&D expenses, there will be a 20 per cent rise in OPEX starting in 2008.

"With the NPA family, we gain an estimated three-fold increase in our total available market [TAM] to encompass the entire network processors market," he said.

"Our NPA will provide far more Ethernet ports and more bandwidth than other offerings and an integrated traffic management to deal with the new challenges of video on the net."

Fruchter said the NPA provides system vendors with flexible packet processing and integrates key functions needed for access networks that deliver triple-play services.

He said this includes chip models with programmable packet processing with throughput ranging from several Gigabits and up to 10-Gigabit throughput and 100-Megabit Ethernet ports.

"This is in addition to integrated hierarchical traffic management providing granular bandwidth control to enable the delivery of triple-play services in Ethernet networks," Fruchter added.

The NPA family delivers a variety of applications such as L2 switching, Q-in-Q, PBT, VPLS, MPLS, and IPv4/IPv6 routing through programming.

Packet parsing is supported for any field anywhere in the packet and various table lookup options are provided with support for long lookup keys and results.

He said flows are classified based on any combination of extracted packet information.

NPA also features dedicated hardware for OAM processing offload.

Several models of EZchip's NPA family of Ethernet access NPUs are scheduled to sample in 2008.

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