NetLogic Microsystems says it is now in volume production for its NL11k family of IPv6 knowledge-based processors. The first of over two dozen IPv6 systems from leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that are using the NL11k knowledge-based processors will begin shipping in production in the third quarter of 2011, with the remaining customer systems expected to commence shipping over the following twelve months.
Industry momentum in the migration to IPv6 continues to accelerate. On June 8th this year, Internet giants and service providers such as Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Akamai will offer and deliver their content over IPv6 in preparation for a successful transition as IPv4 addresses run out.
According to the Wall Street Journal in a Feb. 1 article, a permanent shift to IPv6 is now inevitable following the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority's (IANA) final allocation of its free pool of available IPv4 addresses.
These new systems from Tier One OEMs are now being launched to support an increased level of IPv6 traffic with typical configurations now handling up to 33% native IPv6 traffic, which represent a major upgrade from previous generations of IPv4 equipment.
OEMs are expected to continue to upgrade their IPv6 equipment over their following successive generations of equipment to be able to support the ever increasing native IPv6 traffic in which is expected to continue to grow and become the substantial majority of traffic over time.
The exhaustion of IPv4 Internet addresses, driven by the proliferation of connected mobile devices, is forcing service providers and network owners to migrate to the new IPv6 Internet addressing scheme which increases the number of available addresses by more than 28 orders of magnitude.
This article originally appeared on EE Times Europe.