Intel Control Plane Platform Drives Cypress to NPF Compliant Tools

5/14/2003 - Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE:CY) announced that it will use the Intel® Control Plane Platform Development Kit (CP-PDK), a software toolkit based on standards developed by the Network Processor Forum (NPF), to develop a broad range of applications for network search engines (NSEs) and coprocessors. By using the CP-PDK software, Cypress will ensure interoperability not only with Intel network processors but also with the standards from the NPF.

CP-PDK is a software toolkit based on standards developed by the NPF for rapid integration of control- plane protocol stacks with data-plane subsystems. Featuring a scalable architecture based on standards developed by the NPF and compliant with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) ForCES messaging protocol, the CP-PDK supports separation of the control-and data-plane functions, thereby allowing parallel development for quicker time to market. Using the CP-PDK, Cypress plans to deliver complete solutions based on standards developed by the NPF to its NSE customers.

Cypress will provide a complete software development kit (SDK) to ensure simulation and application development for its AyamaTM 20000 family of NSE devices, which work seamlessly with the Intel® IXP2400 and Intel® IXP2800 network processors. To ease functional and cycle simulation of Ayama 20000 NSEs with models of Intel network processors in the Intel SDK 3.0, Cypress’s SDK will include NSE drivers, foreign-object model and application-program interfaces (APIs) for Ayama 20000. In addition, Cypress’s SDK will include a complete suite of control-plane APIs and data-plane macros that includes initialization and diagnostic code.

To ease NSE integration in OEM systems, Cypress will not only demonstrate applications such as Internet protocol version four (IPv4), simulated with models of Intel network processors and Cypress NSEs, but also offer production-quality code for such applications. Such a comprehensive software suite will help designers easily simulate and integrate Cypress NSEs in communications systems without worrying about interoperability with NPF standards.

“By taking advantage of standards-based off-the-shelf hardware and software components such as the CP-PDK, Cypress’s customers can focus on new, intelligent network innovations rather than component integration tasks,” said Jim Finnegan, general manager of Intel’s Network Processor Division.

“We have been working closely with Intel to leverage the capabilities of their CP-PDK in developing our network search solutions,” said Geoff Charubin, director of marketing at Cypress’s Data Communications Division. “This will provide our mutual customers with a completely optimized solution, while delivering cost savings and time-to-market advantages for their packet-processing systems.”

Cypress’s Network Search Engines
Cypress offers the industry’s widest selection of network search solutions, including network search engines and network coprocessors. Cypress’s packet-processing solutions are ideal for use in routers, switches, and other high-performance networking infrastructure systems.

Cypress’s broad array of products includes the current NSE70000 family, custom versions of NSEs for Cisco, and the NCP80192 coprocessor. The AyamaTM10000 future family of devices will maintain the Cypress lead by extending the NSE70000 family with differentiated features such as Mini-KeyTM power management and Soft PriorityTM table management. Ayama 20000 devices will incorporate all the features of Ayama 10000 along with LA-1 interface, a standard adopted by the NPF and Intel IXP2400 and Intel 2800 network processors.

Cypress is an active member of the Intel IXA Developer Network and is also an active member and contributor to the NPF. More information on the Intel IXA Developer Network can be found at and information on the NPF can be found at

About Cypress
Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE: CY) is Connecting From Last Mile to First MileTM with high-performance solutions for personal, network access, enterprise, metro switch, and core communications-system applications. Cypress ConnectsTM using wireless, wireline, digital, and optical transmission standards, including USB, Fibre Channel, SONET/SDH, Gigabit Ethernet, and DWDM. Leveraging its process and system-level expertise, Cypress makes industry-leading physical layer devices, framers, and network search engines, along with a broad portfolio of high-bandwidth memories, timing technology solutions, and programmable microcontrollers. More information about Cypress is accessible online at

Cypress and the Cypress logo are registered trademarks of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. Ayama, “Connectivity From Last Mile to First Mile” and “Cypress Connects” are trademarks of Cypress.

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