Teja Technologies and Silicon & Software Systems (S3) Enter into European Distribution Agreement

1/21/2003 - Teja Technologies Inc., a leading supplier of network processor software, and Silicon & Software Systems (S3), an established designer of network processor-based solutions, announced that they are strengthening their relationship by entering into a distribution agreement for the European marketplace. Through this strategic partnership, S3, headquartered in Dublin with offices in four European countries, will distribute and support throughout Europe Teja's innovative Teja NP Software Platform, which is designed for the parallel, multiprocessing architecture of Intel network processors (NPUs). Together, the companies will work to accelerate the introduction of advanced, NPU-based products while reducing costs and development risk.

S3 brings 16 years of communication equipment development experience to the relationship. A founding member and active contributor to the Network Processing Forum (NPF), S3 has developed an extensive portfolio of ATM, MPLS and Enterprise NPU-based solutions.

The agreement expands upon the companies' pre-existing relationship, under which they have jointly developed Teja’s ATM Foundation Application, supporting the Intel® IXP2400 and IXP2800 NPUs. The ATM-to-Ethernet switch application building block provides developers with a software base from which to quickly and easily create high-performance networking equipment such, as multi-service switches, VoIP, DSLAMs and other broadband access devices. It supports ATM adaptation layers AAL2 and AAL5 for voice and data applications, while its high-performance forwarding plane provides software SAR, Layer 2 and Layer 3 forwarding, as well as integrated IP over ATM.

"We are pleased to extend our collaboration with S3 beyond our joint development efforts to now encompass selling and supporting Teja products in the important European market," said David Stepner, Teja CEO. "The combination of our Teja NP Software Platform, which takes a systems-level approach to NPU application development, and S3’s systems-level design and integration capabilities in the network processing space make this partnership an ideal match. We’re confident that together we will have a significant impact on the European NPU marketplace."

"S3 is delighted to represent Teja to the European market," said Jim O’Donoghue, general manager of S3’s NPU Business Unit. "We have first hand experience of developing solutions in the Teja environment and are pleased to give our endorsement to the toolkit and its underlying paradigm. We are looking forward to adding it and its technology-specific building blocks to our NPU product portfolio."

Teja NP includes an Application Development Environment, Network Processing Operating System (NPOS), and a library of foundation application building blocks including TCP Offload/Acceleration, IPv4 Forwarding, ATM, and Layer 2 Transparent Bridging. Using Teja NP, European developers can create high performance networking applications for an entire, multiprocessor Intel NPU-based system with a common programming model across all processors in the system. The programming model is independent of the underlying hardware, thereby protecting development investments by enabling application reusability across multiple products and multiple generations of processors. The systems level approach of the platform allows network OEMs to benefit from greatly reduced development time and costs, while achieving the highest performance. Teja NP is available immediately through S3’s sales channels in Europe.

Teja Technologies, located in San Jose, Calif., is a privately held software company developing the industry’s first advanced network processor software development platform. Teja’s NP software will save systems vendors money and speed their products’ time-to-market, providing a significant competitive advantage in today’s fast moving networking markets. Teja is backed by world-class investors including Blueprint Ventures, Intel Communications Fund, Mayfield, RRE Ventures, Tallwood Venture Capital, and Viventures and is a member of the Intel® Internet Exchange Architecture Developer Network. For additional information on Teja Technologies, visit the company’s website at www.teja.com.

Silicon & Software Systems Ltd. (S3)
Silicon & Software Systems Ltd. (S3) is an established designer of Network Processor based solutions and is an active contributor to the NP Forum. S3 combines its customizable IP and systems expertise, with its strong partnerships with Network Processor vendors, Software vendors, ASIC vendors and Foundries to deliver ATM, IP, MPLS, Ethernet and iSCSI solutions.

S3 was founded in Dublin, Ireland in 1986 has operations in Ireland, US, The Netherlands, Poland and the Czech Republic. S3 specializes in System Level Design and Integration in three market areas: Communications Infrastructure, Digital Consumer and Wireless Systems.

Over the past 16 years S3 has successfully developed Communications Infrastructure products for an established base of Network Equipment and Semiconductor Companies. Approximately 50% of clients are U.S. based with the remainder based in Europe and the Asia/Pacific regions.

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