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EZchip Delivers Network Processor Based Platform with Ten 1-Gigabit Ports for Software Application Vendors
[April 28, 2004]

EZchip Delivers Network Processor Based Platform with Ten 1-Gigabit Ports for Software Application Vendors

SAN JOSE, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- April 28, 2004 -- EZchip Technologies (a subsidiary of LanOptics Ltd., NASDAQ: LNOP), a fabless semiconductor company providing high-speed network processors, today announced the availability of a complete hardware/software platform, named EZsystem, based on its NP-1c 10-Gigabit network processor. The system is a stand-alone, self-contained box with ten 1-Gigabit ports that can be tailored by software vendors to a wide variety of networking applications to deliver unmatched performance levels. Applications include firewall, intrusion detection, load balancing, network management, VOIP gateways, content inspection and traffic analysis. The system has been delivered to early customers and is now generally available.

EZsystem features EZchip's field proven NP-1c network processor with programmable 7-layer packet processing capabilities, ten 1-Gigabit ports and a control-plane CPU in a compact 1.5U box. EZsystem utilizes NP-1c to accelerate software solutions that typically run on available off-the-shelf PC based hardware or proprietary hardware platforms. Through programming of the EZsystem, software vendors can enhance the performance of their applications by an order of magnitude and reach unprecedented speed and price points.

"The proliferation of Gigabit Ethernet within enterprise networks and data centers has increasingly strained network appliances that perform intensive packet processing," said Nick Lippis, CEO Lippis Enterprises. "EZchip brings forth a solution to eliminate the escalating gap between network speed and application throughput, with a platform optimized for high speed packet processing yet flexible to fit a wide variety of applications."

"EZchip is now enabling independent software vendors to take advantage of our powerful NP-1c 10-Gigabit network processor to turbo-charge their applications," said Eli Fruchter, President and CEO of EZchip. "With EZsystem software vendors can base their products on a readily available, standards-compliant platform that delivers a 10-fold performance increase over PC based hardware and other proprietary hardware platforms."

EZsystem features the combination of the NP-1c network processor, a general purpose CPU and ten 1-Gigabit ports to provide a complete data plane and control plane solution. The NP-1c offers fully programmable 7-layer packet classification, modification, forwarding and policing on all ports at wire speed.

EZsystem is provided with a comprehensive software environment and support for the Linux(R) and Wind River VxWorks(R) operating systems. EZchip also provides customers with a broad library featuring tested NP-1c source code for a wide range of applications. These include MPLS, VPLS and Draft Martini, IPv4, IPv6, ACL (Access Control Lists), Server Load Balancing and URL filtering.

Pricing and Availability

The EZsystem featuring the NP-1c, a control CPU and ten 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports is available now. Price is $9,950 in quantities.

About EZchip Technologies

EZchip Technologies (a subsidiary of LanOptics Ltd., NASDAQ: LNOP) is a fabless semiconductor company providing high-speed network processors. EZchip's breakthrough TOPcore(R) technology provides both packet processing and classification on a single chip at wire speed. EZchip's single-chip solutions are used for building networking equipment with extensive savings in chip count, power and cost. Highly flexible 7-layer processing enables a wide range of applications to deliver advanced services for the metro, carrier edge and core and enterprise backbone. For more information on EZchip, visit our web site at

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