Sunday, October 31, 2010

Fulcrum Microsystems Debuts 10/40 Gbps Ethernet Switch Chips

Fulcrum Microsystems introduced its FocalPoint FM6000 series of fully integrated wire-speed 10G and 40G Ethernet switch chips. The new devices, which incorporate the company's Alta high-speed Ethernet switching architecture,
feature a "FlexPipe" low-latency packet-processing pipeline, which can parse, modify and apply multiple rules to traffic at more than 1 Billion packets per second in a deterministic manner.

Fulcrum's Alta switch architecture also features flexible 10G and 40G Ethernet port logic and third-generation RapidArray output-queued shared-memory. The company said its FocalPoint devices achieve unprecedented performance with cut-through packet latencies of less than 300nS, regardless of configuration or features enabled.

There are nine devices in the FM6000 series, each offering a different port configuration and total bandwidth, ranging from 160Gbps to 720Gbps. The devices are targeted at very high port-count top-of-rack or end-of-row data center switches.

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