SAN JOSE, Calif. Netronome will debut at the Multicore Expo two PCI Express Gen2 adapter cards and a chassis-based system using its 40-core network processor announced late last year. The products arrive as rival Cavium Networks is expected to announce its next-generation communications processor, a 32-core device.
The products highlight the trend toward use of increasingly dense multicore architectures in networking and telecom markets to handle growing demands for bandwidth and services. Netronome claims its 40-core products can handle a variety of packet-processing functions at line rates up to 20 Gbits/second.
Netronome licensed the IXP 2800 processor from Intel Corp. in November 2007. It's Network Flow Engine (NFE-3240) released in December upgraded Intel's 16-core device by adding more cores, raising the data rate to 1.4 GHz, adding hardware support for bulk cyrpto functions, software support for PCI I/O virtualization and putting the chip on a 5 GHz PCI Express bus.
The acceleration cards are available with two 10 Gbit or six Gbit Ethernet ports. The chassis uses a Westmere-class Intel Xeon host processor.
The Netronome processor can handle packet classification, stateful flow analysis, deep packet inspection or security functions at rates up to 1,800 instructions/packet at 30 million packets/ s. It supports latency of 100 microseconds or less.
With the new products, customers can now buy Netronome's capabilities "at the system, card or chip level," said Jarrod Siket, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Netronome.
The chip sells for $275 per unit in 10,000 quantities. Card and system prices are only available from the company.