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August 24, 2010

XLP Network Processor to Power Advantech's 40-Gbps AdvancedTCA Platform

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor

Advantech and NetLogic Microsystems (News - Alert) have announced a collaboration to deliver the 40-Gbps AdvancedTCA (ATCA) platform using NetLogic Microsystems’ XLP multi-core, multi-threaded network processors with 64 NXCPUs, knowledge-based processors and 10GE PHY solutions.

Designed to support the new 40-Gbps ATCA standards, Advantech’s ATCA-7410 is targeted at LTE (News - Alert) enhanced packet core (EPC) gateways, service routers, metro ethernet, access aggregation, mobile backhaul systems and network security platforms.

The ATCA-7410 builds on the success of its Packetarium portfolio that uses NetLogic Microsystems’ XLR multi-core processors. Company officials said that it extends Advantech’s (News - Alert) packet processing offering to the ATCA form factor, enabling scalability and availability for OEMs building networking equipment.

Company officials said that each ATCA-7410 blade incorporates an impressive 64 NXCPUs from the XLP processor family, 128 knowledge-based processing engines from the NL11k processor family and multiple NLP1342 10GE PHYs.

The advanced ATCA system, according to officials, is targeted to meet the needs for Tier One original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to support systems with up to fourteen blades in a chassis, enabling scalability to over 500Gbps throughput per chassis.

“The ATCA-7410 design leverages NetLogic Microsystems’ technologies across the board,” said Eddie Lai, director of business development at Advantech, adding that 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.

Central to the ATCA-7410 solution are XLP processors. Company officials said that they combine the power of 64 NXCPUs that each operate at up to 2.0 GHz and are based on a superscalar engine with out-of-order execution capabilities.

Company officials said that the XLP cores are quad-threaded to minimize bottlenecks and memory latencies that are inherent in data-plane processing applications. Also, the 40nm XLP processors include complete offload of network functions -- IPSec/SSL security functions, packet parsing, ordering, queuing, management, compression/decompression, storage, TCP segmentation and IEEE1588 hardware time stamping.

In order to complement the 64 NXCPUs, the XLP832 multi-core, multi-threaded processors interface directly over a 50Gb/s high-speed, low-latency serial bus to the NL11k knowledge-based processor.

Additionally, to complete the ATCA-7410 solution, the blade includes multiple NLP1342 quad-port 10 GbE PHY devices from NetLogic Microsystems.

Advantech’s ATCA-7410 platforms are expected to be sampling in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Earlier in July, NetLogic Microsystems announced a fully deterministic intelligent networking solution capable of concurrently processing advanced Layers 2 - 7 functions at 40Gbps wire-speed.

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

Edited by Erin Monda

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