IDT Delivers the First Network Search Engine with a Seamless Industry-Standard Interface to Network Processors

1/7/2003 - IDTTM (Integrated Device Technology, Inc.; Nasdaq: IDTI), a leading communications IC company and the leading provider of network search engines (NSEs), announced sampling of the industry’s first NSE with an integrated Network Processor Forum (NPF) Look-Aside Interface (LA-1) that delivers the industry’s highest performance at an unprecedented 250 MHz. The new IDT device enables a seamless connection to the network processor unit (NPU), allowing significant conservation of board space and enabling designers to begin development without costly or performance-limiting field-programmable gate array (FPGA) or application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) glue logic. This NSE, the latest addition to the IDT family of IP co-processors, accelerates packet processing in products such as core, edge, metro and access routers and offloads the network processor to assist wire-speed implementation of access control lists (ACL), longest prefix match (LPM) and quality of service (QoS).

The new IDT NSE offers an electrical and architectural fit with high-speed NPUs and is compliant with the approved NPF specification for the LA-1 Standard. Through its working relationship with Intel, IDT has developed a complete solution for the Intel® IXP2800 and IXP2400 network processors that enable rich OC-192 classification and forwarding with up to four lookups per packet. IDT is a member of the Intel® Internet Exchange Architecture (IXA) Developer Network.

“Our work with IDT has resulted in an effective and efficient interface between our IXP2400 and IXP2800 family of network processors and the IDT NSE,” said Nick Finamore, general manager of Intel's Network Processor Division. “This provides our customers a robust hardware and software development environment for accelerating classification and packet processing at up to OC-192 data rates.”

The IDT NSE includes a set of Dynamic Database ManagementTM features and sophisticated instruction capabilities that result in an up to 70 percent power savings when compared to alternative solutions. Additionally, the ability to offload searching tasks from the network processor provides extra headroom, permitting the network processor to provide value-added revenue-generating services such as traffic management, security and accounting.

IDT Delivers Complete Design Accelerator Kit for its Network Search Engine with LA-1 Interface
IDT also offers a complete design accelerator kit, including a full suite of software and hardware development tools. This complete solution speeds time to market, reduces development costs, and increases overall system performance. The IDT software development kit (SDK) includes a cycle- and data-accurate system level architecture model (SLAM) that allows designers to fully evaluate and test packet-processing solutions in a complete pre-hardware simulation environment. Designers also have available complete application library support and data-plane macros, as well as tools that help evaluate power consumption, bus utilization and system performance. Designers’ systems are further accelerated to market through the availability of the IDT suite of hardware development tools, including a reference board that supports the Intel IXDP2400 development platform.

“Our LA-1 compliant NSE integrates the equivalent of more than $150 of surrounding glue logic and improves architectural efficiency, delivering an unparalleled reduction in cost, power, board space and chip count, while doubling overall search performance. We’ve received very positive results on this device and have been sampling it to multiple Tier 1 customers since last year,” said Chris Schott, vice president of the IDT IP co-processor division. “We are pleased to have collaborated so closely with Intel to develop this breakthrough device that addresses the requirements of our mutual customers.”

Pricing and Availability
The IDT NSE with LA-1 interface is sampling now with production beginning in Q1CY03. Pricing for the device is $225 in volume quantities. Click here for additional product information. Click here to download a high-resolution image of the IDT NSE.

Part Num. - Base Config. - Perform. - Pkg. - Samples Available - Production Available - Price/Volume Quantities
75K62134 - 256Kx36 - 250 MHz - 525-ball BGA - Now - Q1CY03 - $225

IDT IP Co-Processor Solutions
IDT is the leading provider of network search engines and classification and content inspection processors that accelerate packet processing and enable intelligent application management in next generation networking equipment. IDT is recognized by RHK, Inc. and IDC as the technology leader, and as the volume shipment leader of network search engines. Based on the integration of content addressable memory (CAM) and high-performance logic, the IDT NSEs support NPUs and ASICs to accelerate packet classification and forwarding in core, metro and access networks. IDT offers the industry’s highest-performance NSE operating up 250 MHz and the first NSE with an integrated LA-1 interface, and was the first vendor to introduce search widths up to 576 bits. The IDT NSE portfolio includes custom versions for Cisco Systems, as well as devices with general-purpose and glue-less interfaces to network processors. The IDT 128Kx72 (256Kx36) network search engine received the EDN Top 100 Products Award of 2002.

The IDT classification and content inspection processors are capable of parsing and classifying data up to Layer 7, a functionality that, when coupled with the NSEs, allows for inspection of content in both the packet header and payload, resulting in more intelligent packet processing at wire speed. IDT is an active NPF member and contributor to NPF and the LA interface definition and serves as chairman of the board. More information about the NPF can be found at

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 network search engines, classification and content inspection processors and integrated communications processors. The portfolio is also comprised of products optimized for communications applications, including telecom products, 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 3,300 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. Additional information about IDT is easily accessible at The investor hotline is (408) 654-6420.

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