RadiSys and Consystant Team Up on Software Development Solution for Intel IXP1200 Network Processor

7/24/2002 - Radisys Corp. (Nasdaq: RSYS) and Consystant have announced a design solution for the Intel IXP1200 family of network processors that accelerates software development and time-to-market, while contributing to higher quality and improved design flexibility. The Radisys' Microcode Solutions Library (MSL) has demonstrated interoperability with the Consystant StrataTMNP 2.1 Design Suite, which provides rapid system software development, performance analysis, and testing for IXP1200 Network Processor applications. The result is a development tool in which network equipment designers can quickly build data plane applications with pre-validated modules, map the software to the network processor resources, analyze system performance and automatically generate production quality code linking the software components together.

"The Intel IXP1200 offers a highly flexible and powerful programming environment for developers. Even so, with the increased complexity of network processor based applications today, developers are challenged to write large blocks of new software very quickly. With RadiSys microblocks of tested production code and Consystant's easy-to-use development tool, customers can build complex systems fast. The question now is how to efficiently develop and deploy software on these powerful multi-threaded, multi-processor systems," commented Mark Stair, VP of Partner Sales at Consystant.

"The lack of mature software development solutions and visualization tools for complex systems has been a stumbling block for the limited talent pool of software engineers who can program multi-processor designs," Stair added. "This software solution helps them balance both performance requirements and development time for more cost-effective implementation of new software systems."

With a StrongARM core and six programmable microengines, the Intel IXP1200 is considered by many to be the most versatile NPU available and the new Radisys/Consystant design solution was created to make the most of those resources. "A key to designing successful products in this marketplace is a development team's ability to leverage the full resources of the network processor," added Stuart Cohen, vice president for RadiSys. "With multiple processing elements, it's essential that the software be written to optimize the resources available at any given time."

StrataNP Design Suite
The StrataNP 2.1 Design Suite is comprised of two modules. The core module combines a graphical design environment with mapping capabilities, application designs, NPU platform configuration utilities, reusable components and a library management system. The IXP1200 Network Processor plug-in module adds the IXP1200 synthesizer, System Analyzer, and interface to the Intel® SDK and Transactor.

To develop code for the IXP1200 Network Processor, developers use the graphical visualization tool to select software components from the library and bind them together. Within this drag and drop environment, the developer sees the overall architecture, the interaction of different components, and details of component code. Developers use the design suite's directed assisted mapping capabilities to view utilization of the compute resources within the IXP1200 Network Processor. Within StrataNP 2.1 the System Analyzer is a powerful utility for detailed system packet flow analysis to validate system level packet performance. StrataNP 2.1 automatically generates the interaction code between components at a quality level equal to hand code in a fraction of the time. Through multiple iteration, developers can rapidly converge on optimal performance.

RadiSys Microcode Solutions Library
The Microcode Solutions Library product line from RadiSys is a set of production quality microcode building blocks and frameworks, documentation, and support, providing more finished code and faster, easier development for the Intel IXP network processor family. The product line focuses on layer 2 and 3 microcode data plane processing and interworking support for ATM, ethernet, and PDH based communications products. The MSL product line also provides interface software for a variety of operating systems and complete integration with control plane software and hardware platforms. With over 20 design wins to date, the Microcode Solutions library product line is the most mature and widely used commercially available microcode on the market.

About Consystant
Consystant, a privately held company, provides an advanced software design environment for network processors. With Consystant's products, network equipment manufacturers can rapidly explore, design and develop network processor software, achieving faster market delivery at lower development costs. Consystant's open environment leverages the best in complementary design solutions and maximizes software investment through reusable software components. Headquartered in Kirkland, Washington, Consystant is backed by Intel Capital Group, Lucent Venture Partners and Singapore EDB Consystant is a member of the Intel® IXA Developer Network.

About RadiSys
RadiSys (Nasdaq: RSYS) designs and manufactures building blocks, platforms and applications subsystems for next-generation communications equipment. As the leading independent providerto OEMs, RadiSys delivers a time-to-market advantage in a tight "virtual division" relationship with its customers. The span of products ranges from board-level components such as processors, network interfaces, and packet processing engines, to communications middleware software such as signaling and networking protocol stacks, to platforms based on PCI, CompactPCI, and switch-fabrics, to services such as NEBS certification and software and microcode professional services, all the way up to private-label gateway systems. RadiSys' highly differentiated position in the market is a result of its intense focus on Intel-based technology, having the broadest array of building blocks, and a "perfect fit" product development strategy using intellectual property to design customer subsystems.

RadiSys is a registered trademark of RadiSys Corporation. All other products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

For more information, contact RadiSys at info@RadiSys.com or or call 800-950-0044 or 503-615-1100. For press information only: Lyn Pangares, RadiSys Corporation, 503-615-1220.

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