Consystant, IDT Partner for Simulation Environment for Network Processors

2/24/2003 - Consystant, a developer of advanced software design environments for network processors announced a joint effort with IDT (Integrated Device Technology, Inc.; Nasdaq: IDTI), a leading communications company and the recognized leader of network search engines (NSEs), to develop a comprehensive simulation environment for network processor applications.

The new environment will combine Consystant's state-of-the-art StrataTMNP software development environment and System Analyzer for the Intel IXP2400 network processor with industry-leading IDT NSE solutions. Together with the Microengine Development Environment of the Intel® Internet Exchange Architecture Software Development Kit (IXA SDK) 3.0, these tools will provide a complete cycle-accurate simulation environment for applications using Intel network processors. The solution enables communications equipment designers to accelerate software development by simultaneously taking advantage of Consystant's unique System Analyzer, IDT industry-leading NSE solutions and the Intel development environments.

System-level Analysis
StrataNP integrates a graphical design environment with a library of templates, example designs and reusable software components, extensive design mapping, analysis and debugging capabilities and seamless integration with the Intel IXA SDK toolkit and Portability Framework. Developers use a graphical visualization tool within the environment to rapidly combine proven Intel and third party software components with pre-built templates and example designs into IXP2400 applications.

A key feature in the StrataNP environment is a comprehensive System Analyzer that allows developers to view packet flow and trace events through each component across an entire application. Along with cycle-accurate system-level analysis, this tool also provides powerful source-level debugging capabilities that instantly link events in the packet flow to the corresponding microcode source file.

IDT provides system-level NSE solutions that include a software development environment and development hardware for the Intel IXP2400 and IXP2800 network processors. IDT offers comprehensive software solution that includes a cycle-accurate system-level architecture model (SLAMTM) with unique system analysis tools, production-quality application code, a runtime library with initialization, management and searching (IMS) code, data plane macros and diagnostics. The related development hardware enables designers to directly execute production code on both the simulation environment and Intel's hardware platform, enabling extreme visibility and flexibility from a software simulation environment as well as accelerated development and debug from high-speed hardware execution.

"The StrataNP System Analyzer provides packet flow analysis, packet tracing and system performance information to aid in making smart design choices,” says Ken Hines, Chief Scientist for Consystant. “This new relationship with IDT will make it significantly easier for customers to see the performance benefits provided by combining network processors with other hardware devices such as the IDT NSE."

Exploring Performance Options
Developers using the combined simulation environment will be able to select from an extensive library of optimized software blocks that fully exploit the capabilities provided by the IDT NSEs. They will also be able to take advantage of a seamless, drag & drop integration that will allow them to easily explore the performance benefits of various hardware architectures. With that capability, developers will be able to quickly determine the performance advantage delivered by IDT NSEs when providing search acceleration support for the latest Intel network processors.

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 Ventures.

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