SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- MMC Networks Inc. here said today that it has joined the Common Switch Interface (CSIX) Consortium, an international organization working to develop standards for interconnecting communications ICs.
MMC, which makes network processors, will focus on helping to define the specification for interfacing network processors at rates of 10 gigabits-per-second (OC-192) and above.
"MMC pioneered connecting packet processors to switch fabrics to form integrated solutions for network equipment vendors," said Andy Gottlieb, vice president of marketing at MMC Networks. "As CSIX addresses 10 Gbits/s and higher-rate interface speeds, MMC looks forward to working together with the consortium to help solve interconnection issues, to grow the network processor industry, and helpcustomers get to market faster."
The CSIX Consortium was organized in March to create and promote a Common Switch Interface (CSIX) between core interconnect fabric silicon and upper-layer switch processing silicon for data/telecommunications switching systems.
Draft 2.5 of the CSIX specification has just been released to CSIX member companies, and is scheduled for general release late this fall. The consortium is aiming to achieve full multivendor interoperability by October 2000.
The CSIX Consortium has 22 members, counting MMC Networks. Silicon vendors include Agere, AMCC, Broadcom, C-Port, IBM, Maker Communications, Power X, SiTera, and Vitesse.