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Intel Speeds Development Of Network Processor-Based Modular Communication Solutions

  • 19 September, 2003 12:37

<p>INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 19, 2003 - Intel today announced an expanded suite of platforms, tools and enabling software for Intel® Internet Exchange Architecture (IXA) Network Processors. This enhanced development environment will help accelerate the development of modular solutions for the network access, edge and core segments of the telecommunications infrastructure industry.</p>
<p>“The communications industry is increasingly adopting network processors because they enable a modular approach resulting in greater reuse of development resources from one system design to another, unlike ASIC-based designs,” said Doug Davis, general manager, Intel Network Processor Division. “Intel has assembled a comprehensive set of tools that simplify utilisation of the performance and flexibility of our network processors and enables OEMs to devote their valuable development resources to adding new services that meet rapidly evolving network requirements.”</p>
<p>Enhanced Development Environment
The expanded suite of hardware and software tools from Intel includes new development platforms based on the Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture* specification (AdvancedTCA) and the Intel® IXA Software Development Kit 3.1 The development platforms and enhanced software and services are designed to accelerate the development of applications such as DSL access multiplexers (DSLAMs), high-end routers, radio network controllers and multi-service switches. The Intel® IXP2XXX Architecture Tool, a performance estimation tool, will be available in the first half of 2004 as part of the Intel® IXA Software Development Kit.</p>
<p>Standards-based Platform Architecture
The new Intel® IXDP2401/2801/2851 development platforms use the AdvancedTCA specification to provide a standardised platform architecture for the development of carrier grade telecomm applications, enabling developers of network processor-based modular solutions to reduce development cost and time.</p>
<p>The platforms include development boards featuring the Intel® IXP2400, IXP2800 and IXP2850 network processors, I/O option cards and a chassis with additional slots for other AdvancedTCA boards, such as single board computers or switches. These development platforms enable OEMs to easily incorporate software, hardware and boards from Intel, members of the Intel® Communications Alliance, and other, while supporting simultaneous hardware and software development. This means developers are able to prototype more complete systems earlier in their design cycle.</p>
<p>Expanded Software and Tools for Faster Deployment
The Intel® IXA Software Development Kit 3.1 has been enhanced with the inclusion of “example designs” that demonstrate key network processor features and programming methods for assembling low-level software building blocks into applications using Intel hardware.</p>
<p>“By using the Intel IXP2400 software and assistance, we were able to save substantial time and effort during our product developments,” says Bei Jinsong, network division project manager, ZTE Corporation. “The application specific code allowed us to quickly use the capabilities of the Intel IXP2400 network processor to maximum advantage.”</p>
<p>Beginning next year, Intel plans to offer production ready application kits that provide modular, standards-based software data-plane applications that are ready to integrate with customers’ control plane, management, and proprietary software. The kits can be combined with professional services from Intel® Communications Software Services or third-party software and services vendors in the Intel Communications Alliance to help customise Intel software for customer’s unique software or hardware requirements.</p>
<p>The Intel IXP2XXX Architecture Tool is a software model that lets developers estimate application performance as well as processor and memory utilisation prior to software development. Such “feasibility testing” early in the development cycle eliminates extensive recoding and improves performance optimisation.</p>
<p>About IDF
The Intel Developer Forum is the technology industry's premier event for hardware and software developers. Held worldwide throughout the year, IDF brings together key industry players to discuss cutting-edge technology and products for PCs, servers, communications equipment, and handheld clients. For more information on IDF and Intel technology, visit</p>
<p>About Intel
Intel, the world’s largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at
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