Ubicom Announces DDR3 and USB 3.0 Network Processors

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The multiprocessing solution allows line rate routing, VPN and other networking functions for fiber and other next-generation networks.

Networking and multimedia processor solutions specialist Ubicom announced the introduction of its IP8100 family of network processors. The processors are targeted toward solutions for consumer, SOHO and small to medium-size business (SMB) applications for both retail and service provider deployments. The IP8100 processors provide routing, security and advanced services.

The multiprocessing solution allows line rate routing, VPN and other networking functions for fiber and other next-generation networks. The company said an upgraded memory subsystem that includes a 1,066MHz DDR3/DDR2 interface enhances performance while helping reduce system cost as DRAM pricing and availability shifts to DDR3.

A flexible set of interfaces allows the IP8100 processors to enable different applications. The processors offer two PCI Express Gen 2 interfaces for dual-band, dual-concurrent and multistream routers; two USB 3.0 interfaces for network shared storage to leverage super speed external storage and other high-speed USB peripherals; two Gigabit Ethernet for ports applications like SOHO/SMB VPN and multi-WAN routers; and two USB 2.0 interfaces for home monitoring, energy management and provisioned services.

In addition, the solution includes an SLIC interface for VOIP applications, two display controllers, a camera interface, I2C, SPI and UART for control of peripherals, I2S and S/PDIF for audio output. The platform also offers features such as StreamEngine automatic quality of service (QoS) to prioritize latency sensitive traffic like streaming video and VOIP and WISH (Wireless Intelligent Stream Handling) to optimize wireless traffic within the home.

"As consumers look for lifestyle-enhancing functionality, OEMs and service providers want to provide value-added features and services using the infrastructure to the home and to small businesses," said Gangesh Ganesan, president and CEO at Ubicom. "Ubicom's IP8100 network processors enable these innovative solutions at the right cost with unprecedented performance, flexibility and high-quality software."

Samples of the IP8100 processors are currently available in a 289-BGA 14x14 mm package. The Ubicom solution is offered with an OpenWRT SDK, and the company said it will demonstrate the processors at its suite at Computex 2010. The company also provides system-level solutions to OEMs for a range of products, including wireless routers, access points, VOIP gateways, networked DPFs and streaming media devices.