The Definitive Report on Network Processing
NPUs have become a critical ingredient of carrier-equipment designs. These chips appear in designs from leading OEMs spanning many applications from wireless backhaul to Carrier-Ethernet switch/routers. This broad adoption has created a merchant market that exceeded $300 million in 2013, large enough to sustain multiple vendors. Following years of market growth and vendor consolidation, only a single NPU startup remains, while all other active vendors are public companies.
Metro-class NPUs are scaling to 200Gbps and beyond to support high-density line cards and 100G Ethernet. Some remain focused on Layer 2/3 forwarding, whereas others are addressing flow processing at Layers 4 through 7. Access infrastructure is migrating to Ethernet and IP backhaul while data rates for both wireline and wireless networks continue to climb. These factors are driving the need for new access NPUs with throughputs of 10Gbps or more. A "Guide to Network Processors" provides a single comprehensive report covering NPUs spanning data rates from 10Gbps to 400Gbps.
This report covers customer-programmable NPUs for access and Carrier Ethernet designs, including: Broadcom’s XGS Core and Dune lines, EZchip’s NP and NPS lines, Netronome's NFP, Marvell’s (Xelerated's) HX and AX lines, and PMC-Sierra’s (Wintegra's) WinPath. This report also includes coverage of search coprocessors, such as Broadcom’s (NetLogic’s) KBP products, Cavium’s Neuron Search, and Marvell’s Questflo, which are often used with high-end NPUs.
Only The Linley Group follows this market closely enough to give you the complete picture. Which vendors are in this business for the long haul? How do the latest products stack up? What is the market outlook for merchant NPUs? "A Guide to Network Processors" is the result more than a decade of research that cannot be duplicated. If you are interested in following this strategic standard-product segment, you have located the definitive source.
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This report cuts through the vendor hype and gives you the solid information you need to understand this market. "A Guide to Network Processors" analyzes each vendor and each product, probes their strengths and weaknesses, then presents key details in a consistent, easy to compare fashion. For those less familiar with this combination of networking and CPU design, the report includes several introductory chapters that define and describe basic concepts and key technologies.
The Linley Group is the most recognized and respected name for technology and market analysis of network processors. Don't be fooled by weak overviews written by market analysts who really don't understand how a network processor works. The "Guide" provides a unique combination of business and technology savvy from the leading analysts in this market. Bob Wheeler and Loring Wirbel use their long experience in the networking world to analyze these devices. Together, the two authors ignore the fiction and provide the real story on each NPU vendor and its products.
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This report is written for:
- Engineers who are designing carrier-networking equipment and need to select a network processor (NPU)
- Network architects at carriers and service providers who need to get up to speed on this technology
- Marketing and engineering staff at companies that sell NPU products or partner with NPU vendors
- Technology professionals who wish an introduction to carrier-networking and network processors
- Financial analysts who desire a detailed analysis and comparison of NPU companies and their chances of success
- Universities and research institutes that need a vendor-neutral introduction to this market and technology