IDT Implements Message Layer Interface to Speed Network Equipment Design

2/18/2004 - IDTTM (Integrated Device Technology, Inc.; Nasdaq: IDTI), a leading communications IC company and the leading provider of network search engines (NSEs), announced it will implement the Message Layer interface specification, as defined by the Network Processing Forum (NPF), thus enabling a common language between the IDT NSEs and content inspection engines (CIEs) and Intel IXP2400 network processor units (NPUs) to significantly ease and accelerate network equipment designs. Announced in November 2003, the Message Layer Implementation Agreement (IA) defines the format and types of information exchanged between network processing elements (NPEs) such as NSEs, CIEs and NPUs within a networking device. As outlined in the NPF specification, this standardized communication enables system designers to construct networking equipment between individual components from companies including IDT and Intel, without the need for proprietary message formats.

"IDT co-processors, such as network search engines, are critical elements that enable intelligent, value-added services in networking equipment. We are focused on providing designers with solutions that significantly accelerate design development and are easy to use," said Scott Sarnikowski, vice president and co-general manager of the IDT IP co-processor division. "The implementation of the NPF Message Layer within our NSEs and CIEs demonstrates our commitment to maintaining strong relationships with industry leaders such as Intel, and to adhering to proven standards such as those developed by the NPF."

"Customers using Intel® network processors for their networking applications require complete solutions that simplify design and speed time to market," said Doug Davis, general manager, Intel Network Processor Division. "Intel and IDT have forged a successful relationship that enables the development of best-in-class networking equipment through the integration of our industry-leading NPUs with the IDT IP co-processor technologies. We are eager to build upon this success by working together on the implementation of the NPF Message Layer."

IDT IP Co-Processor Solutions
IDT provides a comprehensive family of IP co-processor solutions, including industry-leading network search engines and content inspection engines 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 NSEs. IDT offers the industry’s highest-performance NSE operating up to 250 MHz, and was the first vendor to introduce an NSE with an integrated LA-1 interface. The IDT NSE portfolio includes a family of custom devices, as well as families of NSEs with high-performance interfaces for ASICs, and glue-less interfaces to leading network processors, to accelerate packet classification and forwarding in core, metro and access networks. The IDT CIEs are capable of parsing and classifying data up to Layer 7, and are optimized for packet classification and content inspection in security and content-aware networking applications. IDT serves as chairman of the board of the Network Processing Forum and is an Associate Member of the Intel® Communications Alliance.

About IDT
IDT is a global leader in preemptive semiconductor solutions that accelerate packet processing for advanced network services. IDT serves communications equipment vendors by applying its advanced hardware and software technologies to create flexible, highly integrated solutions that enhance the functionality and processing of network equipment. IDT accelerates intelligent packet processing with products such as network search engines (NSEs), programmable content inspection engines (CIEs), flow-control management (FCM) ICs and its family of InterpriseTM integrated communications processors. The portfolio also comprises products optimized for communications applications, including telecom products, FIFOs, multi-ports, and timing solutions. 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 3,100 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, and is also part of the S&P SuperComposite 1500, which combines the S&P 500, MidCap 400, and SmallCap 600. Additional information about IDT is accessible at

IDT, Interprise and the IDT logo are trademarks of Integrated Device Technology, Inc. Intel is a trademark or registered trademark of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

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