IDT Delivers Software Development Kit with Industry's First IP Co-processor Architecture Model for AMCC-based Systems

10/22/2002 - IDTTM (Integrated Device Technology), a leading communications IC company, strengthened its position as the industry leader of Internet Protocol (IP) co-processor solutions by delivering a software development kit (SDK) for the IDT/AMCC development system. The kit includes IDT’s system-level architecture modelTM (SLAMTM), the industry’s first system-level, data-accurate architecture model for the AMCC system that enables designers to begin software development earlier in the design process, and evaluate system architecture trade-offs in a pre-hardware simulation environment. Also included among IDT’s SDK tools are a data-plane macro (DPM) library conforming to the AMCC nPkernel and production-quality, control-plane initialization, management and searching (IMS) software conforming to AMCC’s Common Coprocessor API (CoCoA) 2.0 API specification.

Through a partnership announced last year, IDT will provide IP co-processors that glue-lessly interface to AMCC’s family of network processors including the nP3400, nP3404, nP7250 and nP7510 devices, as well as AMCC’s next generation of NPUs. IDT’s SDK provides support for all AMCC network processors, with data-accurate architecture models for AMCC’s nP7250 OC-48 and nP7510 10 Gbps devices.

The breakthrough component of IDT’s SDK is the SLAM, an architecture model of IDT’s IP co-processors that seamlessly interface to AMCC’s network processors. Design teams can leverage the model to reduce time to market for products featuring AMCC network processors by developing, verifying and optimizing software prior to hardware availability and implementation. The capability to simulate the entire system, including IDT’s IP co-processor, also provides designers with the power to identify potential system architecture issues early and the freedom to explore system architecture options to ensure optimum system performance. The SLAM replicates internal resources and commands and provides error checking and warning messages.

"We have expanded our existing partnership with IDT to jointly provide a powerful set of development tools that enable designers to model advanced communications systems across multiple hardware generations," said Jeff Cashen, vice president and general manager of AMCC’s Switching and Network Processing division. "The combination of IDT’s SDK, notably the IP co-processor simulation model, with our nPsoftTM Development Environment makes true system-level simulation possible, ensuring improved system performance and delivering a critical time-to-market advantage to our mutual customers."

Additional SDK Tools Provide Entire Support Infrastructure for IP Co-Processor Devices
The SDK was designed to work seamlessly within AMCC’s nPsoft Development Environment to expedite design and increase quality of AMCC-based systems. In addition to the SLAM, the IDT SDK also includes IMS control plane software; DPM library; tools to facilitate system-level debug; scripting support capable of simulating host processor interactions with the IP co-processor; and extensive documentation. IDT control-plane and data-plane support tools such as the IMS and DPM comply with AMCC’s CoCoA and nPkernel macros to capitalize on the developer’s familiarity with the AMCC environment.

"We are pleased to be the first company to provide such a robust development solution for the AMCC development system," said Chris Schott, vice president and general manager for IDT’s IP co-processor division. "The introduction of our new SDK and unique SLAM is a result of our strong partnership with AMCC as we work together to provide the integrated system-level support necessary for our customers to succeed in the communications market."

IDT’s software development kit for the IDT/AMCC development system will be available in November. The SDK is the first component of IDT’s design accelerator kit for the same development system, which will also include a hardware development kit to be introduced at a later date. For additional information, please contact IDT at (831) 754-4555, or through your local IDT sales office.

IDT IP Co-Processors
IDT is the industry leader of network search engines and classification processors. Based on the integration of content addressable memory (CAM) and high-performance logic, IDT’s IP co-processors support network processor units (NPUs) and application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) to accelerate deep packet classification and forwarding in core, metro and access networks. IDT’s classification processors are capable of filtering and parsing data up to Layer 7, a functionality that, when coupled with its IP co-processors, allows for inspection of content in both the packet header and payload, resulting in more intelligent packet processing at wire speed. Click here for additional product information on IDT’s Web site. Click here for high-resolution, downloadable images of IDT’s IPC co-processors.

About IDT
IDT enhances the global network with semiconductor solutions for communications companies that lead innovation and drive convergence in voice, data and wireless networks. IDT is focused on enhancing system bandwidth with communications-specific products including IP co-processors, integrated communications processors and telecom products. The portfolio is also comprised of key foundational products optimized for communications applications, including the industry’s broadest selection of FIFOs, multi-ports, and clock management products. In addition, the product mix includes high-performance digital logic and high-speed SRAMs to meet the requirements of leading communications companies.

Headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., the company employs approximately 3,500 people worldwide and has a wafer manufacturing facility in Oregon, and test and assembly facilities in the Philippines and Malaysia. IDT stock is traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market® under the symbol "IDTI." The company is included in the S&P 1000, which is a combination of the S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 Indices, as well as the Nasdaq-100 Index® (NDX), which includes the largest non-financial companies on the Nasdaq Stock Market.

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