Xilinx and IPS Cut Power Consumption on 10 Gb/s Line Cards by 75% With New Virtex-II Platform FPGA-Based Network Processor

7/26/2002 - At the Metro Optical Networking Forum today, Xilinx, Inc., (NASDAQ: XLNX) and IP Semiconductors, unveiled the SPEEDRouter™ 10G (SR10G™), the world's first full-duplex 10 Gb/s Network Processor core targeted for Xilinx® Virtex-II™ FPGAs. Based on proven silicon from Xilinx and IP Semiconductors, the SPEEDRouter™ 10G eliminates the need to use Content Addressable Memories (CAMs) on 10 Gb/s line cards that consume up to three-fourths of the power in OC-192, Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet line card interfaces. This new solution is targeted at metro routers, 3G mobile IP aggregation routers, and data center switches and routers.

"The SPEEDRouter™ 10G provides designers with a simple and highly flexible solution to address the issue of power-hungry CAMs in the data path," said Robert Bielby, senior director of Strategic Solutions at Xilinx. "The fully programmable platform enables Xilinx customers to build solutions in record time."

"Xilinx FPGAs provided the ideal platform to develop our fully programmable SPEEDRouter™ 10G," said Dr. Jeppe Jessen, chief executive officer of IP Semiconductors. "Together with the fully programmable SPEEDAnalyzer™ lookup and classification ASSP from IP Semiconductors, router vendors will now have the flexibility and performance they need to design solutions for today's metro area networking applications."

Router vendors in today's market must provide new solutions that generate sustained revenue while adding value and reducing operating expenses for their service provider customers. Traditional CAM-based network processor solutions consume excessive power that limits the level of integration and port density and increases operator expenses. The challenge lies in providing high performance and advanced classification, while at the same time reducing total power consumption.

Providing a fully programmable packet processing data path on Xilinx Platform FPGAs, the SRG10™ offers full-duplex packet processing at wire speed, and is capable of sustaining over 25 MSPS throughput on each data path. The SR10G™ uses the IPS SPEEDAnalyzer™ lookup and classification ASSP to provide a fully customizable packet classification and billing platform for OEMs. The SPEEDRouter™ solution leverages the Virtex-II FPGA time-to-market benefits and flexibility for interfacing to multiple, emerging network interface standards supported by the Xilinx SystemIO™ solutions. These include IP for HyperTransport, RapidIO, PCI/PCI-X, POS PHY, Flexbus, CSIX, 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet and other interfaces. For more information, see www.xilinx.com/connectivity

Pricing and Availability
The SPEEDRouter™ FPGA Network Processor is provided as a customizable core for the Xilinx Virtex-II FPGA family. Furthermore the core will be available in a Virtex-II Pro late Q3. Showcased today in IP Semiconductors booth at the Metro Optical Networking Forum, the SPEEDRouter™ 10G FPGA Network Processor core is immediately available the Xilinx Virtex-II family. The SPEEDRouter™ 10G FPGA Network Processor solution license is priced on a per-project basis, with the royalty tied to volume shipment of SPEEDAnalyzer™ devices.

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About IP Semiconductors A/S
IP Semiconductors A/S is the leader in high-performance, low-power packet processing solutions. IP Semiconductors has partnered with Xilinx for state-of-the-art FPGA technology and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC) for chip manufacturing. Founded in 1998, IP Semiconductors is a privately held company owned by pension funds, venture capital funds and private investors. The main office is located in Soeborg on the outskirts of Copenhagen in Denmark, and a sales office in Alviso, California. Additional information about IP Semiconductors can be found at http://www.ipsemiconductors.com

About Xilinx
Xilinx is the worldwide leader of programmable logic solutions. Additional information about Xilinx can be found at http://www.xilinx.com

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