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October 19, 2006

RadiSys Launches New Gigabit Ethernet Products Based on Cavium OCTEON Processors

By Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Contributor

RadiSys expanded its AdvancedTCA (News - Alert) and AMC product families this month with the launch of two new Gigabit Ethernet products based on Cavium Networks’ OCTEON processors.
Both products are designed to assist equipment manufacturers reduce research and development costs while speeding up time-to-market of high-performance, content-aware products such as radio network controllers, media gateways, session border controllers, edge routers, and security gateways.
In a press release, RadiSys described the first of the new products—Promentum ATCA-72xx—as a high-performance, modular Gigabit Ethernet line card. The 72xx is an IPMI compliant, hot-swappable ATCA card. It offers interfaces for 4, 6, 8, 12 or 16 Gigabit Ethernet, and comes equipped with four Cavium OCTEON Plus CN58XX processors.
“The ATCA-72xx provides the wire speed interfaces and hardware accelerated data processing critical for today’s dense network elements,” RadiSys explained in its announcement.
Optional software for the 72xx provides hardware accelerated IPV4/IPV6 forwarding, security (IP Sec, SSL, SRTP), IP filtering, and traffic management. Upgrades for the software already in the works will add support for load balancing, MPLS, and GTP-U.
RadiSys’ second new product, the AMC-7211, “provides power efficient, packet and security processing for customers requiring AMC modules for their ATCA and uTCA platforms.”
The AMC-7211 can be installed in AMC slots on ATCA computer blades (such as RadiSys’ ATCA-4300) to offload host CPUs from line and packet processing tasks. AMC-7211 come equipped with four Ethernet interfaces, delivering up to four Gpbs of Layer 2 through Layer 7 processing.
RadiSys claims to be the first company to make it to market with a 10 Gigabit ATCA platform—a crucial distinction given the continued shift to converged IP networks that require content-aware processing of both data and multimedia traffic.
“Deep packet inspection and complex security processing are becoming fundamental for many network elements in fixed, mobile and enterprise networks,” said Scott Grout, CEO of RadiSys, in a statement.
Grout continued: “These latest offerings from RadiSys build on our leadership position in 10Gigabit ATCA platforms and allow equipment manufacturers to quickly and easily address the most demanding applications.”
Both new products are available on a standalone basis, or as part of RadiSys’ Promentum ATCA-6010 platform.
To learn more about RadiSys’ products, check out the company’s channels, AdvancedTCA and ATCA.
Mae Kowalke previously wrote for Cleveland Magazine in Ohio and The Burlington Free Press in Vermont. To see more of her articles, please visit Mae Kowalke’s columnist page. Also check out her Wireless Mobility blog.

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