Mountain View, Calif. NetLogic Microsystems, Inc. has introduced its NL9000 knowledge-based processor as part of the company's fifth-generation family launch. The NL9000 processor is said to be industry's first fully-programmable "hybrid" knowledge-based processor that combines high-performance, massively parallel knowledge-based processing with the low-power efficiency and flexibility of algorithmic Sahasra technology to significantly reduce power consumption and deliver high functionality for next-generation IPTV and advanced mobile wireless networks.
The NL9000 knowledge-based processor is the first-of-its-kind to offer an advanced "hybrid" architecture that delivers the performance, features and flexibility required for IPv6 systems while achieving power savings of up to 5x compared to non-hybrid solutions, said NetLogic. The NL9000 processor delivers a number of features that differentiate it from previous generations of knowledge-based processors in terms of flexibility, performance, functionality and power.
The NL9000 processor incorporates the following:
- Advanced Sahasra algorithmic engines (SAEs), which use complex algorithms to provide customers with the ability to significantly lower the power of search processing while expanding the effective processing power.
- Intelligent load balancing engine (ILBE), claiming a first-of-its-kind engine with embedded intelligence to allocate multiple tasks and communicate among all 64 knowledge-based processing engines on chip, as well as to enable customers to perform iterative or nested search processing on all incoming traffic. This significantly enhances the processing efficiency of next-generation systems.
- Range encoding engine (REE), which employs advanced one-hot and fence encoding algorithms to implement range encoding that allows customers to effectively double the efficiency of port range inspection.
- Fifth-generation I/O design, which delivers 64 Gbits/s of raw chip-to-chip interconnect bandwidth, which is 60% greater than previous generations of knowledge-based processors. When coupled with the ILBE, customers can achieve up to 100 Gbits/s of effective bandwidth, allowing the NL9000 processor to support the most demanding switching and routing applications.
The NL9000 knowledge-based processor is one of the most complex logic products manufactured in TSMC's advanced 55-nm technology node. The use of this advanced silicon manufacturing technology further enhances the performance and lowers the power of the NL9000, as well as provides a competitive cost structure, said NetLogic.
Availability: The NL9000 is currently sampling to customers.
NetLogic Microsystems, Inc., 1-650-961-6676, www.netlogicmicro.com