Intel Introduces Complete Network Processor Development Environment To Speed New Services
INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM CONFERENCE, AMSTERDAM, May 17, 2001 - Intel Corporation today introduced a complete development environment for the Intel® IXP1200 Network Processor family aimed at accelerating the implementation of new services in network equipment.
The comprehensive development environment features a suite of new software design tools, including support for the Linux* operating system, a unique modular programming system, sample designs and a versatile hardware development platform. Intel also rolled out two new members of the Intel IXP1200 Network Processor family with enhanced data integrity and performance capabilities needed for emerging applications.
"Network processors are proving themselves central to a design process that can keep pace with the rapidly evolving demand for new applications and services," said Dave Blakeney, vice president, platform development for the broadband routing and switching unit of Marconi, a global communications and IT company supplying advanced networking solutions in more than 100 countries. "However, the time required for product development still depends heavily on the tools at your disposal. Intel's comprehensive new development environment promises to cut substantial time from our development process."
Advanced Software Development Kit (SDK)
Version 2.0 of the Intel® Internet Exchange Architecture SDK, a component of the development environment, features a new programming framework, the Intel&174; Active Computing Element (ACE). Using the ACE framework, code is written in small, modular building blocks. These portable building blocks are much easier to modify and re-use, reducing development time.
The SDK also adds a royalty-free version of the Linux operating system, LynuxWorks* BlueCat* Linux, making it the first such package to offer both Linux and Wind River VxWorks*. The optional Intel® Embedded Linux Integrated Development Environment replaces the time-consuming practice of command-line programming with a graphical user interface for quickly configuring and debugging Linux applications.
In addition, Intel introduced several time-saving sample software designs for implementing network applications, such as ATM-to-Ethernet protocol conversion, high?performance routing and management over Internet protocol- and asynchronous transfer mode (ATM)-based networks, and integration of standards-based ATM interfaces with IXP1200 Network Processors.
Versatile Development Platform
To complement the comprehensive software tool suite, Intel unveiled the Intel® IXDP1200 Advanced Development Platform, a modular framework for developing complete multiprotocol LAN/WAN systems.
The platform includes a compact-PCI chassis, system controller and IXP1200 Network Processor card. Ethernet and ATM input/output cards are available as options. Used in conjunction with the SDK, these components form a structure for rapidly designing, simulating and debugging network applications.
New IXP1200 Network Processor Family Members
The two new Intel network processors introduced today add hardware-based features that improve the performance of communications equipment. The new Intel&174; IXP1240 Network Processor integrates the segmentation and reassembly of data packets into cells for transport over ATM networks as well as cyclic redundancy checking for error detection. Performing these functions in hardware improves the performance of the network processor in ATM applications by at least 20 percent, enabling deep packet processing at speeds up to 622 Mbps, a data rate known in the telecommunications industry as OC-12. In addition to these features, the new Intel® IXP1250 Network Processor is equipped with error correcting code to help achieve the 99.999-percent, or "five-nines," reliability required by telecommunications carriers.
Pricing and Availability
The IXA SDK 2.0 and license is available at no additional charge. The Intel Linux Integrated Development Environment is $5,000 per seat. The IXDP1200 Advanced Development Platform is $14,000. The 200-MHz versions (also available at 166 and 232 MHz) of the IXP1240 and IXP1250 Network Processors are $275 and $285, respectively, in quantities of 1000. These products are sampling or will be with the next few weeks, and will be widely available in the third quarter.