COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. NetLogic Microsystems Inc. has partnered with Advanced Micro Devices Inc. to offer a development kit that links NetLogic’s NTL7 Layer 7 content processor with AMD’s Opteron.
NetLogic and AMD have partnered on search engines in the past, but this marks the first time NetLogic has worked with a partner for its new seven-layer processor, said Kelvin Khoo, director of strategic marketing at NetLogic.
The NLS1000HDK uses a HyperTransport link, and one of the goals in offering the kit was to spotlight the performance of the NTL7 over an on-board serial link such as HT. The Opteron is responsible for protocol and traffic management, while the NTL7 performs content inspection and signature recognition, all at 10 Gbits/second.
The performance of NTL7 for deep packet inspection is enhanced by relying on a 64-bit control-plane processor such as Opteron, Khoo said, and by very fast serial links such as HT, SPI-4 and PCI Express. NetLogic has made a point of trying to offer development kits with such coprocessors and links, he said.