Teja, ADLINK Speed Time to Market for Next-Generation Networking Devices

2/19/2004 - Teja Technologies Inc., a leading supplier of embedded networking and communications software for multiprocessor architectures, announced that its award-winning software platform for the Intel® network processor (NPU) product line, Teja NP, will support and interoperate with ADLINK's cPCI-6240 CompactPCI Network Processor Blade. Based on the Intel IXP2400 NPU, ADLINK's cPCI-6240 is a PICMG® 2.16 compliant board-level product designed to meet the needs of network access and edge equipment for wireless and broadband markets. The cPCI-6240 is targeted at multi-service switch and Layer 4-7 applications including firewall, IDS and load balancing. As a result of its alliance with Teja, OEMs using ADLINK's board and Teja NP will be able to design, test and ship high-performance networking products in considerably less time compared with the alternative of hand-coding software for the cPCI-6240's on-board Intel IXP2400 NPU.

"Systems OEMs have begun to put a major focus on lowering costs and speeding time to market through the use of commercial off-the-shelf modules," stated David Stepner, Teja Technologies' president and CEO. "The relationship between Teja and ADLINK provides OEMs the opportunity to create customized, high-performance networking products in the shortest possible amount of time."

Teja's unique approach to embedded networking applications greatly simplifies development of software for the parallel, multiprocessing architecture of Intel NPUs. Teja NP consists of an Application Development Environment, Network Processing Operating System (NPOS), and a library of foundation application building blocks, including TCP Termination and IPv4 /IPv6 Forwarding. Additional applications developed with Teja NP, such as ATM, are available from Teja Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). Teja NP is also compatible with the Intel IXA Portability Framework, enabling interoperability with "microblock" software modules from Intel and third-party party developers.

"Teja NP combined with ADLINK's cPCI-6240 provides a strong head start for OEMs," stated Jeffery Munch, chief technology officer for ADLINK. "Teja's pre-configured applications and simplified software development process will help designers take advantage of the cPCI-6240's flexibility to create first-to-market products cost-effectively."

In order to effectively program the highly parallel, multiprocessor architecture of NPUs, Teja NP adds to standard ANSI C the necessary extensions to address the concepts of multiple threads, memory spaces and communications channels. Applications created with Teja NP are hardware-independent and are separately mapped to the various resources of the target hardware configuration, resulting in the generation of optimized production code for the target system. This approach has the additional benefit that applications can be entirely targeted to the programmer's development workstation for fast and efficient functional simulation, including the use of advanced PC-based debug aids.

Teja NP gives developers the option to program in either C-based textual format or to use its GUI Application Development Environment. Teja NP's flexible mapping and integrated debug facilities enable developers to quickly resolve performance bottlenecks and optimize performance of the entire NPU-based system.

Teja NP is optimized to take full advantage of the various configurations of embedded control processors (Intel® XScaleTM technology), microengines, execution threads, registers, memories and other key hardware features that are unique to the IXP2400, IXP2800 and IXP2850 network processors. Reusing applications across multiple products or across generations of NPUs simply requires reassigning the application logic to the resources of the new target chip. The resulting benefits of using Teja NP include accelerated time -to market, reduction in engineering risk and, most importantly, reliable, high-performance products that provide OEMs with a first-to-market advantage.

Teja NP support for ADLINK's cPCI-6240 Network Processor Blade will be available in March, 2004.

About Teja
Teja Technologies, located in San Jose, Calif., is a privately held software company developing the industry's first advanced software platform for parallel, multiprocessor System-on-Chip architectures. 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. For additional information on Teja Technologies, visit the company's website at www.teja.com.

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