Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Xelerated Raises $23 Million for Carrier Ethernet Silicon

Xelerated, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California and Stockholm, Sweden, raised $23 million in series C funding for its high-end Carrier Ethernet ASSP-based chipsets, closed a $13 million funding round.

Xelerated recently announced its HX300 family of network processors and the industry's first programmable Ethernet switches to the fiber access market. This new family of products feature integrated traffic management and fully-programmable Ethernet switches, bringing superior levels of integration and flexibility to the Carrier Ethernet market.

The new funding round was led by the Sixth Swedish National Pension Fund (the Sixth AP Fund) and was supported by all of Xelerated's existing investors: Accel Partners, Alta Partners, Amadeus Capital Partners and Atlas Ventures. The new funding will be used to further develop Xelerated's unique network processor and Ethernet switching family as well as extend sales and support internationally.

  • In June, Xelerated announced its next-generation HX300 family of high performance network processors with integrated traffic management and fully-programmable Ethernet switches. The new silicon, which is designed for fiber access platforms, offers a combination of switching and processing functionality, enabling service-aware applications that readily adapt to changes in network conditions and optimize performance. It could be used in fixed-port, stackable and chassis- based networking systems that can be configured in mesh, ring, star, dual star and stackable topologies. The HX300 integrates 100-Gigabit, 40-Gigabit, 10-Gigabit and 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports. The HX300 is binary software-compatible with custom and Metro Ethernet Applications (MEA) that have already been developed for Xelerated's X10 and X11 NPU families.

  • The HX300 leverages Xelerated's Dataflow packet processing architecture, which scales to 100 Gbps full duplex. The advanced standards-based egress traffic management and the tight integration of the Xelerated Dataflow Architecture enables the HX300 family to support a QoS-aware distributed traffic management model for either chassis-based switching systems or meshed configurations. Triple play services are enabled by a flexible queue allocation and programmable hierarchy that enforces per-flow, per-subscriber, per-class Service Level Agreements and bandwidth guarantees.

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