SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Intel Corp. today rolled out two new hardware development platforms aimed at easing the job of designing communications systems, based on the company's IXP2800 and IXP2400 network processors. The two new platforms fill out Intel's development tools for its new network processors.
The modular IXDP2800 and IXDP2400 tool suites include chassis-based dual-network processor baseboards and a selection of I/O media option cards to support development of a wide variety of edge, access, and core networking equipment, according to Intel. These targeted applications range in speeds from OC-12 (622-megabit-per-second) systems and 1-gigabit Ethernet networks to OC-192 and 10-Gbit Ethernet communications.
The development platforms will be shipped with the Intel Internet Exchange Architecture Software Developers Kit (SDK) version 3.0. Intel said the SDK is a comprehensive set of tools and software building blocks, including a graphical simulator that enables developers to completely design, debug, and optimize a product in software while hardware architects create a physical prototype.
Intel today also announced its IXF1104 Ethernet Media Access Controller (MAC), which provides a 4-Gbit/sec. SPI3 interface to the IXP2400 network processor or other switching silicon for four, full duplex 10/100/1,000-Mbit/sec. ports. Intel said the IXF1104 combines a variety of interfaces for both copper and fiber applications with per port traffic control, making it both highly reliable and cost effective.
The IXF1104 will be available for sampling in the fourth quarter of this year, priced at $91, Intel said.
The IXDP2800 will be available for sampling in Q4 of 2002 and is priced from $16,500 to $25,000, depending on options, said the Santa Clara company. The IXDP2400 development platform will be available for sampling in the third quarter and is priced $12,500 to $14,200.