NetLogic Microsystems has announced its first product since acquiring network processor vendor RMI Corp. in June 2009.
According to this news release on EETimes, the NLX321103A is a three chip set that aims to handle a broad range of packet-processing functions at speeds up to 40 Gbits/second.
“‘This is actually a big year for new networking processors–there’s a lot hitting at once,’ said Joe Byrne, a senior analyst for market watcher the Linley Group (Mountain View, Calif.). ‘This is about how NetLogic gets into high packet touch apps like unified threat management systems, expanding beyond low-level switching and routing,’ Byrne said.
“The NLX321103A includes RMI’s eight-core, quad-threaded XLR processor linked over Interlaken and Xaui interconnects with two existing NetLogic parts. The NL11k handles Layer 2-4 flow classification and the NETL7 inspects Layer 7 information based on Perl Compatible Regular Expression signatures. The XLR and NL11k are made in a TSMC 40nm process.
“NetLogic claims the three chips can put all packet processing functions on a single board, handling a wide variety of security, quality-of-service and forwarding functions. The chips, which will sample this fall, are the first to support a unified software environment across NetLogic and RMI components.”