Greenfield Intros GigE Switch Chips

Greenfield Networks launches an Ethernet switching silicon solution and an IPv6 and MPLS Gigabit Ethernet fixed configuration switch

April 26, 2004

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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Greenfield Networks, the emerging leader in world-class Ethernet switch silicon technology, today announced the immediate availability of the industry’s most advanced Ethernet switching silicon solution. Featuring full IPv6 routing in hardware, Greenfield’s breakthrough Packetry™ architecture supports high-density Gigabit performance with the breadth of features and flexibility to scale from the edge of the enterprise to metro area networks.

Greenfield’s Packetry family provides a unique architecture for scaling performance from edge to core applications. It is the only merchant silicon in the industry to offer the combination of low-cost Gigabit Ethernet connectivity and rich features, such as full IPv6 routing, MPLS switching, scalable packet buffering, and scalable MAC, route and classification tables.

“The demand for full IPv6 support, including routing, QoS, access control lists, and IPv4 to IPv6 translation, is an essential capability for high performance Ethernet systems,” said Gary Smerdon, president and CEO of Greenfield Networks. “We are the first silicon provider to deliver a world-class ‘no excuses’ solution.”

In a separate release:

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Greenfield Networks, the emerging leader in world-class Ethernet switch silicon technology, today announced the industry’s first IPv6 and MPLS Gigabit Ethernet fixed configuration switch, a complete 32-port Gigabit Ethernet Layer 2/3/4 reference design for enterprise aggregation and metro applications.

Called the GH3032, the reference platform delivers on the promise of the Packetry™ architecture to bring full hardware-based IPv6 routing, MPLS and Layer 2/3 VPN services in addition to standard layer 2 switching and IPv4 routing to Ethernet switches. The industry-standard 19-inch, 1RU platform provides system developers with a complete evaluation system to reduce development cycle time and quickly launch an enterprise class, IPv6-enabled aggregation system or metro edge switch for service provider networks.

“The Packetry switch API was designed to present a completely hardware independent, functional interface to control plane software,” said Richard Heaton, vice president, software engineering and co-founder of Greenfield Networks. “This enables system developers to rapidly port their software to the Packetry family, shortening development and testing schedules resulting in faster time-to-market.”

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