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May 25, 2010

LSI's New Multicore Processor Needs Less Space, No External Memory


By SIP Trunking Report Contributor



LSI Corporation, a leading provider of innovative silicon, systems and software technologies, introduced the LSI APP3100 multicore communication processor for enterprise and service providers. Based on the award-winning LSI APP3300 communication processor, the LSI APP3100 gives networking equipment providers a space-efficient and cost-effective solution for accelerating Carrier Ethernet and network security functions.


"Today's network equipment suppliers are being challenged to drive down space and power in all new equipment. The APP3100 enables enterprise OEMs and service providers to cost-effectively deliver Ethernet services that are richer, more reliable and more secure," Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager, Networking Components Division, LSI said.

Designed for applications such as Ethernet OAM, wirespeed security and network timing, the LSI APP3100 can completely offload these functions from the host processor.

"The LSI APP3100 provides networking OEMs with a cost-effective solution for Ethernet OAM and security functions. With its memory-free design and production-quality software, the APP3100 makes it easy to upgrade existing system designs with new features like OAM or IPsec," Bob Wheeler, senior analyst for The Linley Group said.

The APP3100 features a compact 23 mm23 mm x 23 mm chip package, operates without external memory and consumes fewer than four watts of power, minimizing board space and power requirements for simplified integration and lower operating costs.

Additionally, the APP3100 offers deterministic datapath bandwidth for packet processing and traffic management. The processor also integrates security features including public key acceleration and full hardware offload of IPsec security processing. The processor's two triple-mode Ethernet ports, capable of operating at 10 Mb/s, 100 Mb/s or 1000 Mb/s, provide flexible connectivity options for bump-in-the-wire applications.

The APP3100 communication processor can be deployed without complex programming using the supplied configuration utility. LSI also provides a production-quality, application-specific software package for the APP3100 that reduces development time by supporting the leading IEEE®, ITU-T™ and MEF standards.

LSI offers a broad portfolio of capabilities and services including custom and standard product ICs, adapters, systems and software catering to the world's best known brands to power leading solutions in the storage and networking markets. The company recently collaborated with SGI, a global leader in HPC and data center solutions, to make available a wider breadth of LSI's leading storage technology through direct and indirect sales force.


Trupti Kamath is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire