NetLogic Offers RMI Networking Processors

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.”

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