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NetLogic Announces Volume Production of IPv6 Knowledge-Based Processors

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May 24, 2011

NetLogic Announces Volume Production of IPv6 Knowledge-Based Processors

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor

NetLogic Microsystems, provider of semiconductor solutions, has announced volume production for its NL11k family of IPv6 knowledge-based processors for delivery to customers’ next generation of IPv6 switches and routers.

The volume production launch of the NL11k processors marks an important milestone in the company’s next phase of growth for its knowledge-based processors into next-generation IPv6 equipment, said Chris O’Reilly, vice president of marketing at NetLogic (News - Alert) Microsystems.

In the third quarter of 2011, the first of over two dozen IPv6 systems from prominent original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), using the NL11k knowledge-based processors, will begin shipping in production. The remaining customer systems are expected to begin shipping over the following twelve months.

To support an increased level of IPv6 traffic, with typical configurations now handling up to 33 percent native IPv6 traffic, these new systems from Tier One OEMs are currently being launched, said company officials.

The new systems are adopting the most advanced knowledge-based processors from NetLogic Microsystems (News - Alert). Company officials said that this adoption supports IPv6’s 4x longer Internet addresses, and also the exponential increase in the complexity and throughputs of network traffic.

Additionally, Tier One OEMs are also designing with NetLogic Microsystems’ NL10k and NL82048 families of IPv6 knowledge-based processors into additional systems that are expected to begin shipping throughout 2012.

The OEMs plan to continue upgrading their IPv6 equipment over their following successive generations of equipment. This will help them to support the ever increasing native IPv6 traffic, said company officials.

The NL111024 knowledge-based processor is the flagship product in the NL11k family. It delivers 1.6 billion decisions per second (BDPS). Plus, it integrates 128 high-performance knowledge-based processing engines, the Sahasra Algorithmic Engines (SAEs) and an Intelligent Load Balancing Engine (ILBE) to allocate multiple tasks and communicate among all the knowledge-based processing engines and SAEs.

Company officials said that NL11k knowledge-based processors are manufactured in the advanced 40nm process node. They also integrate an innovative Range Encoding Engine (REE), which employs advanced one-hot and fence encoding algorithms to implement range encoding.

Earlier this month, the company introduced the industry’s widest bandwidth Digital Front End (DFE) processors, the OP6100 family, for 3G and 4G/LTE (News - Alert) base stations.
Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

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