Anaheim, Calif.Bay Microsystems is shipping in sample quantities Chesapeake, a network processor and multimedia traffic manager capable of 40-Gbits/s line-rate performance with the capacity to accommodate the full spectrum of packet-based services, including carrier class Metro Ethernet, MPLS, IPv4/v6, pseudo-wire as well as legacy (POS, PPP).
Chesapeake processes and manages multiple segments of 1-Gbits/s, 10 Gbits/s, 20-Gbits/s or 40-Gbits/s data paths. While consuming 16 watts of power, Chesapeake's pipelined processing core delivers an internal throughput capacity of 122 million packets per second (sufficient for 100G processing), and a search rate of 622 million searches per second.
According to Bay Microsystems, Chesapeake's functional integration, coupled with its massive processing performance, delivers a cost-effective product for carrier class networks. Network equipment OEMs are now realizing Metro Ethernet solutions at a cost structure approaching $25 per 1GE port, the company said.
Bay Microsystems will also be holding private demonstrations of Chesapeake at the Optical & Fiber Conference in Anaheim, Calif., this week.
Bay also announced the release of Lighthouse, a hardware and software development tool suite for designing network processor-based networking equipment, and its Nextware application-programming interface for Chesapeake customers.
Lighthouse includes a Software Development Environment (SDE); cycle and pipeline accurate Chesapeake simulator; GUI-based IDE with project manager/compiler/debugger; traffic generator, traffic analyzer; and production-ready NEXTware APIs.
It also includes a hardware development environment (HDE) called BayPort, an ATCA-based hardware demonstration and evaluation platform that provides the ability to validate Chesapeake at 40-Gbits/s wire speeds. BayPort general availability is targeted for the second quarter of 2007
For a product brief on Chesapeake with details on Lighthouse, click here.
For a technical paper entitled, Network Processors: Evaluating Architectures for Leading Edge Applications: click here.
For a course/lecture entitled, Network Processors from the Software Point of View: click here.
Bay Microsystems,1-408-437-0400, www.baymicrosystems.com.