Mountain View, Calif.NetLogic Microsystems Inc. introduced the NL8256 knowledge-based processor, which is targeted at mainstream applications and is the second device in its fourth-generation processor family.
Both the previously announced NL8512 and the NL8256 knowledge-based processors are currently shipping in volume production. In order to support the increased complexity and higher bandwidths of network traffic, as well as the migration to IPv6, the industry is quickly transitioning to the fourth generation of knowledge-based processors.
The NL8512 and NL8256 are capable of achieving 1.2 billion decisions per second (BDPS), and incorporate advanced clock switching schemes to achieve an aggregate throughput of 40-Gbits/s.
The NL8256 and previously announced NL8512 processors also achieve high levels of parallel processing performance through a patented dual-core technology and an ability to parse decisions into up to 64 unique processing elements. This capability to execute multiple parallel decisions during a single core clock cycle, combined with NetLogic Microsystems' highly pipelined synchronous cross-connect bussing scheme, enables customers to deploy 100-Gbits/s ASIC, switches and network processors.
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