Motorola, Partners Demonstrate Multi-Service Platform for Critical Telecom Networking Applications

7/23/2002 - Motorola Computer Group, a part of Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), today showcases its new packet processor resource board (PPRB), a product that accompanies Motorola's Multi-Service Packet Transport Platform, the MXP3121, which is now generally available to the market. The MXP is an embedded applications platform that delivers multiple services that can connect to different telecom networks-Internet Protocol (IP), ATM and SONET. The PPRB adds a network processor subsystem to the MXP platform, enabling it to manage data as control plane traffic, and for the first time on a single board, to process the data as bearer plane traffic at wire speed in its native packet format. This provides the low latency, real-time, end-to-end quality of service (QoS) capabilities for voice, video and data applications required in next-generation networks. Silicon & Software Systems (S3), ZNYX and Avnisoft will be exhibiting MXP/PPRB-based networking applications at this week's Smart Network Developers Forum in Motorola Computer Group's booth #102.

With the addition of the PPRB and several other complementary products to the MXP platform family, telecom original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can now work with one vendor to purchase a platform and fill the MXP3121's 18 available payload slots, enabling them to more quickly develop next-generation applications such as Radio Network Controllers, SS7 gateways, media/VoIP gateways, media gateway controllers, edge routers, soft switches and access gateways.

The PPRB, built to work in systems that support the PICMG® 2.16 CompactPCI® Packet Switching Backplane standard, serves as an I/O engine for various packet interfaces and bridges the LAN or WAN interface to the internal infrastructure of the MXP platform. As a protocol engine, it bridges different packet formats. As a routing engine, the network processor implements a wide variety of routing and QoS protocols. The multi-purpose PPRB can manage all these functions at traffic speeds up to OC-48 (2.5Gb/s) making it an extremely flexible network processor board for various telecom-networking applications.


S3 Demo
To reduce development cost and complexity for system builders, S3 developed an integrated ATM communication subsystem using the MXP platform and PPRB. The subsystem includes fast path AAL5 switching and ATM signaling support, which deliver future ATM edge devices such as RNCs or media gateways, a foundation for control and data plane protocols and applications in a cost effective manner. This subsystem also allows high scalability and flexibility of transmission speeds and physical interfaces. AAL5 switching is done on Motorola's C-5 network processor while NetPlane's Soft-ATM® SSS stack provides the necessary signaling functionality. AAL5 switching at 2xOC12 rate on single PPRB and ATM connection management should be available soon. Visitors to Motorola's booth will be able to see messages exchanged during a sequence of ATM connection setup scenarios.

Motorola and ZNYX will demonstrate an active intra-chassis Ethernet switch, link and node port failover within the MXP3121 platform. Failover occurs transparent to IP traffic thus maintaining service continuity. To demonstrate this capability, switches, links and nodes (CPU boards) are removed from service and failover time is calculated. Through the use of high availability (HA) enabling software, failover within a redundant embedded Ethernet hardware configuration can be achieved.

Avnisoft Demo
Motorola and Avnisoft will be demonstrating a PPRB simulator that provides the performance and cycle-accurate behavior simulation of applications for the PPRB. The PPRB Simulation Environment provides all key features and functionalities of PPRB, including PCI path between host and C-5; LDT traffic, using pattern files; data plane applications using the C-5 simulator and host applications using the host simulator. The environment also provides common debug interface for execution and debugging of the control and data path applications running on host and network processor, respectively.

Interphase Demo Booth #501
Interphase Corporation (Nasdaq: INPH) is also currently building solutions for Motorola's Multi-Service Packet Transport Platform, in order to provide various communications controllers for both user plane and control plane applications in wireless and next generation networks. Interphase communications controllers will also be on display at the conference in the Motorola CPX2000 chassis. Interphase will demonstrate the function of inverse multiplexing over ATM using the CPX2000 as the system platform. Inverse multiplexing for ATM is a cost-effective way to carry ATM traffic over T1/E1 spans, primarily in wireless applications, because it saves both network access and equipment costs. Interphase will demonstrate the inverse multiplexing function, SS7 and ATM protocol processing with its iSPAN PMC and CompactPCI 2.16 compliant communications controllers based on the Motorola PowerQUICC II 8260 communications processor.

About the MXP3121
The MXP3121, which supports the PICMG® 2.16 CompactPCI Packet Switching Backplane standard, addresses the need for telecom OEMs to handle different types of traffic over different networks including: Internet Protocol (IP), asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) and circuit-switched. With the ability to support an embedded dual star gigabit Ethernet switching topology, PICMG 2.16 allows for embedded Ethernet solutions that eliminate the need for external switching and cables associated with legacy platform architectures. This enables the PPRB, for example, to communicate over the backplane at high data rates in a highly available environment.

To support the potentially heavy processing requirements for this traffic, the MXP platform supports up to 18 slots for network processors or general-purpose processors.

About Motorola
Motorola Computer Group is a business unit of the Motorola Integrated Electronic Systems Sector (IESS). It is the world's leading supplier of embedded computing platforms for equipment manufacturers in telecommunications, network storage, imaging, medical equipment and semiconductor production and test equipment industries, with core competencies in services and training, design, manufacturing and systems integration capabilities. IESS is a leading provider of advanced electronic products and systems for customers integrating electronics into their products. Motorola IESS solutions provide the brains that make electronic systems simpler, safer, smarter and more synchronized.

Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) is a global leader in providing integrated communications and embedded electronic solutions. Sales in 2001 were $30 billion.

About Silicon & Software Systems Ltd. (S3)
Silicon & Software Systems Ltd. (S3) is an established Electronics Design Company. S3 was founded in Dublin, Ireland in 1986 and now employs 400 people in six design centers located in Ireland, Poland and the Czech Republic. S3 specializes in System Level Design and Integration in three market areas; Communications Infrastructure, Digital Consumer and Wireless Systems.

About ZNYX Networks
ZNYX Networks is the leading global provider of high availability embedded Ethernet solutions for Carrier Class™ systems. Equipment manufacturers and system integrators use ZNYX Networks technologies to create next-generation solutions with high-availability, high-performance, and strict compliance to telecommunications standards. The ZNYX Networks family of products and services provide design engineers with pre-built and pre-tested embedded network and switch solutions that provide significant "time to market" advantages. Privately held, ZNYX Networks is headquartered in Fremont, Calif., with advanced research centers in Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Ottawa, Canada. Sales and professional service offices are in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, see or e-mail

About Avnisoft
Avnisoft Corporation ( is a leading technology outsourcing and systems integration services company with a primary goal of reducing costs while improving product quality and services for its customers. Avnisoft's Systems and Networking Business Unit delivers innovative solutions through its offering of value-add products and professional engineering services across a variety of industries including communications infrastructure, internet appliances, enterprise servers, storage and peripheral vendors. This is achieved through a team of quality professionals building strategic technology and business alliances, making significant investments into R&D, knowledge management, quality and process-driven infrastructure. Avnisoft is an 8-year old company with offices in Sunnyvale, CA and Bangalore, India.

About Interphase Corporation
Interphase enables rapid platform design and integration for the global voice and data communications markets through custom and off-the-shelf communications equipment, embedded software development suites, and systems integration and consulting services for telecom and enterprise networks. The company's products connect computer and telecommunication servers to Wide Area Networks (WANs), Local Area Networks (LANs) and Storage Area Networks (SANs) using Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), Ethernet, Signaling System 7 (SS7), IP, Fibre Channel, HDLC, Frame Relay and Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) technologies. Headquartered in Dallas, with offices across the United States, Paris, London, Munich and Bangkok, Interphase 2001 revenues were $28.7 million. Clients include Lucent Technologies, Nortel Networks, Ericsson, Hewlett-Packard, Alcatel, IBM, Compaq, Motorola, Fujitsu, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon. Additional information about Interphase and its products is available through the company's web site at

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