10/22/2002 - Cypress Semiconductor announced a collaboration with Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AMCC) to provide seamless interoperability between Cypress’s third generation of commercial network search engines (NSEs) and AMCC’s fifth-generation network processors (NPUs). This collaboration will enable customers to design network-processing subsystems without additional glue logic, resulting in significant savings in board space, cost, and development time.
"AMCC’s next-generation network processors represent a significant breakthrough that enables policy-based network services in both Internet and enterprise markets," said Geoff Charubin, director of marketing at Cypress. "With the advent of NPUs that process at OC-48 (2.5 Gbps) and OC-192 (10 Gbps) linespeeds – such as AMCC’s processors – NSEs have become an indispensable element in the processing subsystem because they can accelerate packet lookups and produce deterministic results. The collaboration between Cypress and AMCC allows system designers to get the most out of their NPU-based packet processing system."
"Cypress has taken an active role with its family of NSEs, offering ideal capabilities for both core and edge routers and switches," said Keith Morris, director of marketing for AMCC’s Switching and Network Processing Group. "These applications necessitate very large search tables, complex packet processing and high-speed data transmission, and Cypress cost-effectively delivers on these requirements. AMCC’s alliance with Cypress provides our mutual customers with a high degree of flexibility to design with a variety of feature-rich NSEs across multiple AMCC NPU options."
AMCC’s Network Processors
AMCC’s Switching and Network Processing Group is the market leader in providing total network processing platforms and services, enabling network and communications equipment vendors to rapidly develop scalable, feature-rich, cost-effective products. AMCC’s NPU platforms include fully programmable, policy-enabled network processors that form the silicon heart of many Layer 2-Layer 7 WAN and LAN switches and routers, broadband, optical, web switching, subscriber management, and other communications platforms.
Cypress’s Network Search Engines and Coprocessors
Cypress offers the industry’s widest selection of network search solutions, including network search engines and network coprocessors. Cypress’s packet processing solutions are ideal for use in routers, switches, and other high-performance networking infrastructure systems.
Cypress’s broad array of products includes the current 32K-, 64K-, 128K-, 256K- IP entry NSE70000 family. The current devices are configurable from 34- to 288-bit data widths to support Layer 2 to Layer 7 applications. These NSEs can search the network database at up to 100 MSPS enabling packet processing at wire speeds greater than 2.5 Gbps. Cypress’s network coprocessor manages the interaction between existing industry standard network processors and Cypress NSEs. The NCP80192 coprocessor accelerates packet processing by offloading tasks from network processors and facilitating database management. The coprocessor’s programmable 32-channel descriptor ring supports multiple contexts, each of which can be programmed independently.
The Ayama 20000 family of NSEs from Cypress will provide multiple densities, from 128K IP entries (4.5 Mb) to 512K IP entries (18 Mbit). Ayama NSEs will offer innovative features for exceptional performance — as fast as 266 million searches per second (MSPS). Such features include Mini-KeyTM power management, which can reduce power consumption by up to 70%; Soft PriorityTM table management, which can drastically reduce table-update latencies; and Multi-SearchTM processing, which can effectively double search performance.
Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE: CY) is Connecting From Last Mile to First MileTM with high-performance solutions for personal, network access, enterprise, metro switch, and core communications-system applications. Cypress ConnectsTM using wireless, wireline, digital, and optical transmission standards, including Bluetooth, USB, Fibre Channel, SONET/SDH, Gigabit Ethernet, and DWDM. Leveraging its process and system-level expertise, Cypress makes industry-leading physical layer devices, framers, and network search engines, along with a broad portfolio of high-bandwidth memories, timing technology solutions, and programmable microcontrollers.
AMCC designs, develops, manufactures, and markets high-performance, high-bandwidth silicon solutions empowering intelligent wide-area networks. AMCC utilizes a combination of digital, mixed-signal and high-frequency analog design expertise coupled with system-level knowledge and multiple silicon process technologies to offer integrated circuit products that enable the transport of voice and data over fiber optic networks. The company's system solution portfolio includes switch fabric, traffic management, network processor, framer/mapper, PHY and PMD devices that address the high-performance needs of the evolving intelligent optical network. AMCC’s corporate headquarters and wafer fabrication facilities are located in San Diego, California. Sales and engineering offices are located throughout the world.
Cypress and the Cypress logo are registered trademarks of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. "Connectivity From Last Mile to First Mile," "Cypress Connects," Ayama, MiniKey and Soft Priority are trademarks of Cypress.
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