Wednesday, August 12, 2009

EZchip Samples NPA Network Processors for Carrier Access

EZchip Semiconductor has begun sampling its new NPA family of network processors targeting Ethernet access applications. Several models of the NPA network processors are offered with combinations of 1-Gigabit and 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports, at an aggregate throughput of 10-Gigabits, with power dissipation ranging from 6 to 10 Watts and at varying price points starting at under $100.

The NPA is a scaled-down of EZchip's high-speed network processors (NPUs) and is designed for Carrier Ethernet access applications.

It is software compatible with EZchip's high-speed network processors, ensuring a common architecture and an easy path to reuse designs across edge, metro and access systems. To complement the NPA, EZchip will soon make available to its customers production-level code for a variety of applications, which will help them expedite their products' time-to-market and simplify their development efforts.