SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Three-year-old Fast-Chip Inc. here today announced an OC-192 network classification processor, called PolicyEdge, which offloads work from other processors or ASICs in 10-gigabit-per-second routers, switches and other communications systems.
Fast-Chip said the PolicyEdge integrates industry-standard PL3 and SPI-4 interfaces, which enables it to sit in-line in the fast data path for optimal performance. On-chip Boundary Addressable Memory (BAM) is used to perform single-cycle policy database checking, said the company. The BAM eliminates the need for external content addressable memory (CAM) devices.
The PolicyEdge processor's statistics collection function enables implementation of advanced network services, such as usage-based billing, class of service partitioning, and denial of service policing, said Fast-Chip. The processor offloads these billable services from network processors and ASICs for support of wire-speed operations.
"Previously announced network processors have failed to provide the performance needed to support advanced services at advertised wire-rates," said Gregg Cook, president and CEO of Fast-Chip. "We believe success lies in a simple, scalable architecture that reduces customer's product development time and avoids future fork-lift product upgrades."
The classification processor is now available in sample quantities for both OC-48 and OC-192 versions. The part is housed in an 840-TBGA package and is fabricated in 0.18-Micron CMOS technology by a foundry for the Sunnyvale-based fabless semiconductor company.
In quantities of 5,000, the OC-192 version is $450 each. Fast-Chip plans to demonstrate the PolicyEdge processor at the Network Processor Conference in San Jose next month.