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May 24, 2011

Network Processor: Advantech Unveils ATCA-7310 and NCPB-2320 Packet Processing Engines

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

Advantech (News - Alert), a global manufacturer of telecom computing blades and multi-core network processor platforms, recently unveiled the new ATCA-7310 and NCPB-2320 Packet Processing Engines (PPE).

Officials with Advantech said that the new blades are based on the Cavium Networks CN6880 OCTEON II processor with the high-end ATCA blade featuring dual processors 32 MIPS64 cores for a total of 64x 64-bit cores per blade.

Company officials said that new Advantech blades target 40GbE elements for 4G/LTE (News - Alert) network infrastructure plus data center and enterprise network security.

“This is our first ATCA product based on the Cavium OCTEON processor and the third OCTEON-based blade for our Packetarium product line,” said Byron Lin, director at Advantech’s Networks and Telecom Group, in a statement.

“The NCPB-2320 with 32 cores is a natural step up for our Packetarium customers using our 12-core OCTEON CN5650 or 6-core OCTEON II CN6335 blades. Packetarium, our cost-effective alternative to ATCA, now has a new, higher-end processor blade that extends its appeal to a broader range of packet processing applications,” said Lin.

He said that the enterprise markets find its 40 percent cost savings over ATCA particularly appealing.

“And with these new blades we have also laid the foundation for more capable I/O subsystems and additional acceleration technologies just around the corner,” said Lin.

 “The OCTEON II 68XX is the first 64-bit processor to provide 48 GHz of compute power on a single chip across 32 cores, and provides triple the GHz per chip and 2 to 5x better performance/watt than other available standards-based solutions,” said YJ Kim (News - Alert), general manager, Infrastructure Processor Group of Cavium Networks.

“The OCTEON processor product line integrates industry leading application acceleration engines for DPI, compression/decompression and new security standards such as SNOW3G. These capabilities are ideally suited for the 4G network and enterprise applications targeted by Advantech,” said Kim.

Company officials said that the ATCA-7310 supports up to 64GB of DDR3-1066 memory with a Broadcom (News - Alert) BCM56841 40GbE switch. The NCPB-2320 supports up to 32GB of DDR3-1333 memory.

Back in April, Advantech announced  the DSPC-8681 Multimedia Processing Engine (MPE) at the NAB Show 2011.

The new add-in card integrates four Texas InstrumentsTMS320C6678 multicore digital signal processors (DSPs), the PLX ExpressLane PEX8624 PCIe switch, and the Xilinx (News - Alert) XC3S200AN Spartan-3 FPGA to achieve the highest video performance level in a half-length PCIe form factor.

The MPE is targeted at applications in digital media, test and measurement, communications, DSP farms, mission critical, high performance computing, medical imaging and industrial automation markets.

Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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