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September 30, 2010

Advantech, NetLogic Deliver 40-Gbps AdvancedTCA Network Processor Platform

By Shamila Janakiraman, TMCnet Contributor

Advantech (News - Alert) a manufacturer of telecom computing blades and multi-core network platforms and NetLogic Microsystems announced a collaboration agreement for the delivery of advanced 40-Gbps AdvancedTCA (News - Alert) platform using NetLogic Microsystems’ XLP multi-core, multi-threaded  network processors with 64 NXCPUs, knowledge-based processors, and 10GE PHY solutions.

The company’s ATCA-7410 is designed to support the new 40-Gbps ATCA standards and is also suited for LTE (News - Alert) enhanced packet core or EPC gateways, service routers, metro Ethernet, access aggregation, mobile backhaul systems and network security platforms.

According to company sources the Packetarium portfolio that uses NetLogic Microsystems’ (News - Alert) XLR multi-core processors will be leveraged by the ATCA-7410. This will extend Advantech’s packet processing offering to the ATCA form factor which will enable greater scalability and higher availability for OEMs in the building of networking equipment.

In a release Eddie Lai, director of business development at Advantech said, “The ATCA-7410 design leverages NetLogic Microsystems’ best-in-class technologies across the board. It represents the breakthrough ATCA product which Tier-1 OEMs are waiting for to perform uncompromised processing on every packet of traffic with minimal latency to ensure predictable network behavior and eliminate bottlenecks.”

Advantech officials explained that each ATCA-7410 blade will include 64 NXCPUs from the XLP processor family, 128 knowledge-based processing engines from the NL11k processor family and multiple NLP1342 10GE PHYs to deliver significant advantages in performance, functionality, power and cost.

This will serve the needs of Tier One original equipment manufacturers to support systems with up to fourteen blades in a chassis to enable scalability to over 500Gbps throughput per chassis.

 “We congratulate Advantech on the introduction of its flagship ATCA-7410 platform that offers compelling benefits to network equipment providers,” remarked Chris O’Reilly, vice president of marketing at NetLogic Microsystems.

At the core of the ATCA-7410 solution is the XLP processor which combines the power of 64 NXCPUs that each operate at up to 2.0 GHz, said company officials. These are based on an innovative superscalar engine with out-of-order execution capabilities to deliver optimized data and control plane performance.

It can also support billions of in-flight messages and packet descriptors. The XLP cores are quad-threaded to enable them to reduce bottlenecks and memory latencies that are inherent in data-plane processing applications.

Shamila Janakiraman is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Shamila’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Erin Monda

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