Intel Corp. and Power X Networks have agreed to co-develop a component the companies said will connect Intel's network processor with Power X' intelligent switch fabric. According to the companies, the technology will accommodate next-generation Internet networking equipment.
"Providing an interface between our products will allow our customers to easily combine these two components," said Bill Weir, vice president of marketing for Power X. "The interface we are creating with Intel equates to shorter, less costly development cycles. As a result, equipment makers can respond more quickly to the demands of service providers."
By mid-year 2001, Power X plans to fully integrate the interface chip along with other functions on a new version of the TeraChannel chipset.
According to RHK, Inc., systems using packet processing and switch fabric technologies will grow from $6.5 billion in 2000 to $32.5 billion in 2004.