New Companies Add To Growing Industry Support For Intel® Internet Exchange™ Architecture
More than Two Dozen Design Wins Achieved; University Funding Program Announced
INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, PALM SPRINGS, Calif., Feb. 16, 2000 - Intel Corporation today announced it has achieved more than two dozen design wins for the Intel® Internet Exchange™ (IX) architecture less than six months after it was introduced. Companies such as Ericsson, Lucent and Nokia were among those that today joined the growing list of companies using the Intel IX architecture to build next-generation networking and communications equipment.
During his keynote presentation at the Intel Developer Forum, Mark Christensen, Intel vice president and general manager of the Network Communications Group, said Intel is significantly expanding programs designed to enhance the Intel IX architecture. Christensen announced a new program to fund research projects at prominent universities throughout the world to further extend the reach of the Intel IX architecture. Christensen also announced 16 new members of the Intel IX Architecture Developers Forum, for a total of 21 members, and a number of new investments through the Intel Communications Fund.
The Intel IX architecture is a framework for designing powerful and flexible networking and telecommunications equipment using reprogrammable silicon, allowing systems designers to add network functionality quickly and cost effectively. It consists of a portfolio of silicon components including the flagship IXP1200 network processor and the embedded versions of the Pentium® II, Pentium® III and Celeron® processors.
"The outstanding support we've seen from the industry validates that the Intel Internet Exchange architecture is the preferred choice to meet the growing demands of next generation networks," said Christensen. "The addition of our university funding program will help speed up deployment of emerging new communications and Internet technologies providing customers with faster and smarter networks."
More than 30 customers in a number of countries are already involved in building network designs based on Intel's IX architecture, with applications ranging from high-bandwidth Internet access switches to virtual private network add-on boards and appliances. Building the Intel IX architecture into these applications reduces the need for time consuming and costly "forklift upgrades" while also providing intelligence at the core of the network. Some of Intel's newest customers include Ericsson, Huawei Technologies, Lucent Technologies, Marconi Communications, MAYAN Networks, Nokia, Phobos, Radisys, Secure Computing and Zhone.
Intel has also established a new program to fund university research and curriculum development to support innovative uses of Intel's IX architecture. The program is aimed at creating a community of researchers using the Intel IX architecture while giving students hands-on experience and training in building real-world network applications using the Intel IX architecture. The first schools to receive funding through this program include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Princeton University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Texas at Austin, Columbia University, the Oregon Graduate Institute and the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) in Berkeley, Calif. These schools plan to have long-term research programs focusing on a broad range of projects in areas such as active networks, next-generation routers, wireless communications, network security and optical networking.
The developer community has also shown widespread acceptance of the Intel IX architecture. The Intel IX Architecture Developers Forum is focused on making it easier for third-party developers to create flexible network solutions based on the Intel IX architecture. Benefits of membership include in-depth training for building networks based on the Intel IX architecture, as well as early access to roadmaps and specifications. For example, the first revision of the Intel IX-Application Programming Interface (API) Specification is being distributed today to the 21 current members of the forum. Third-party developers that have recently joined the Intel IX Architecture Developers Forum include: Applied Microsystems Group, Consystant, Extreme Packet Devices, GoAhead Software, Huawei Technologies, Mayan Networks, Microware Systems, Secure Computing, Silicon Access, Solidum, and a number of others.
The Intel Communications Fund, created to invest in companies developing networking and communications products that support key Intel voice and data communications programs, has made significant progress since its inception. The Communications Fund has invested approximately $25 million and is growing rapidly with a significant number of deals currently being negotiated. The majority of those investments are being made in support of the Intel IX architecture and include companies such as Trillium Digital Systems, Mayan Networks and Silicon Access.
Ericsson: "Ericsson's IP Network Access Product Unit is working with Intel to deliver increased flexibility within our Tigris multiservice access platform. We chose the Intel IXP1200 Network processor based upon its ability to deliver scalable networking solutions for a variety of media gateway applications," said George Wayne, chief technology officer of Ericsson IPNA. "Ericsson's Tigris platform is a carrier-class system that we will continually enhance to meet the growing needs of realtime multimedia gateways. We believe that the IXP1200 is a high performance network processor that will scale easily to meet our customers' needs for advanced IP solutions."
Huawei Technologies Co., LTD: "Huawei is commited to delivering interoperable and standardized networking solutions for its customers. Delivering on this committment, Huawei will collaborate with Intel to create a new era of networking equipment based on Intel's IX architecture," said William Tsui, vice president, Huawei Technologies Co., LTD. "This new architecture will allow Huawei to speed up development time and deploy new features and services quickly and efficiently."
Lucent Technologies: "As the market leader, Lucent's asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) switches provide service providers with the highest performance, scalability, capacity and availability for building next generation networks. The standard building blocks of the Intel Internet Exchange Architecture, and specifically the Pentium® processors, provide leading edge performance to support the requirements of our carrier class equipment," commented Steve Kaufman, vice president and general manager, Core Switching, Lucent Technologies InterNetworking Systems group.
Marconi: ""It is essential that our multiservice IP switching solutions stay ahead of the bandwidth requirements of the rapidly changing internet economy," said Dave Blakeney, vice president of the Service Provider Platform Group, Marconi Communications. "Intel's Internet Exchange Architecture provides an open development environment to enable a scalable and reliable "Future Ready" product that delivers a networking solution ready for leading edge applications, users, standards and bandwidth requirements."
MAYAN Networks: "Many of our competitors have designed their own ASIC's to perform the same functions that we perform with off-the-shelf parts from Intel," said Kevin Williams, chief technical officer at MAYAN Networks. "By using standard parts from Intel we have been able to dramatically shorten our design times and bring our products to market in record time. Next generation parts, like Intel's IXP 1200 network processor, are things I could only have dreamed of two or three years ago."
Nokia: "The Nokia IP Network Appliance portfolio combines world- class network traffic handling and best of breed security software," said John Carosella, vice president, Nokia Internet Communications. "We must have an ability to scale the performance of both the packet forwarding and the applications layers independently. Intel's Internet Exchange Architecture meets this criteria with the performance and scalability of the PentiumÒ III processor for applications and services and the IXP1200 for fast packet forwarding."
Nortel Networks: "Nortel Networks and Intel have a very strong on-going relationship," said Kalai Kalaichelvan, general manager, Open IP Environment, Nortel Networks. "One of the key proof points is the integration of our Open IP software and Intel's powerful IXP1200 network processor. This is being demonstrated at the Intel Developers Forum, and we plan to use the IXP1200 in a number of our products."
Phobos: "Phobos is impressed with the high level of integration achieved by the Intel Internet Exchange (IX) Architecture. The ease with which the IXP1200 can be connected to other off-the-shelf and custom devices greatly facilitates the kind of engineering development work Phobos is undertaking as we bring our next generation high-performance Internet Traffic Management products to market. Intel's IX bus architecture eliminates a great deal of external logic which would otherwise be required to interface a conventional processor's RAM-oriented bus with the FIFO-oriented busses provided by most off-the-shelf networking components. In addition, the IXP1200's six internal RISC-based MicroEngines provide the flexibility and software programmability Phobos requires in order to implement new, advanced traffic management algorithms at Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet speeds," said Bryan Ford, senior systems engineer at Phobos.
RadiSys: "The combination of RadiSys platform solutions and Intel's Internet Exchange Architecture enables a new development paradigm for communication OEMs. RadiSys offers a broad range of building blocks utilizing Intel's PentiumÒ Processor and Internet Exchange Processor families, which allow OEMs to rapidly deploy new, differentiated applications on a host of enterprise and carrier class networks," said Glen Myers, president and CEO.
Secure Computing: "Secure Computing's Sidewinder product provides one of the world's most secure firewalls, but until the addition of the Intel IXA architecture companies often had to make a trade-off between security or performance," said Carr Biggerstaff, senior vice president of marketing, planning and business development at Secure Computing. "Now with IXA and the Intel PA-100 accelerator board, Sidewinder is at or near wire-line speeds without compromising the quality or integrity of security."
Wind River: "Wind River is committed to providing high-performance, modular, platforms that accelerate the development of high-quality Internet infrastructure devices," said David Fraser, vice president and general manager of Wind River's networking business unit. "Our collaboration with Intel will allow us to incorporate critical elements of Intel's new IX architecture into current and future integrated solutions. The impact on our OEM customers will be a new generation of fast, flexible networking products that can support a broad range of applications and services."
Zhone: "Intel's IXP 1200 network processor incorporated into the Sechtor 300 Voice Gateway, will optimize network logic processing performance deep into the data flow. By bringing logic down to the hardware level this breakthrough technology will allow for quicker route decisions to be made at line speeds," said Mory Ejabat, chairman and CEO for Zhone Technologies, Inc. "As a recognized market leader, Intel is known for producing the highest quality products that ensure customer satisfaction at every level. At Zhone, we share that same customer centric focus and commitment to excellence. A strategic relationship between Intel and Zhone is a natural."
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