Intel Intros NPUs for SMEs

Intel announces first network processor product line for home and small to medium enterprise applications

February 20, 2003

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Intel Corporation today introduced three new network processors that address the needs of many wired and wireless applications for the home, small office/home office (SOHO) and small- to medium-enterprise (SME) market segments.The new Intel(R) IXP420, IXP421, IXP422 network processors provide developers with a choice of integrated data, voice and security features to meet the requirements of high-performance, cost-sensitive applications. With their Intel XScale(TM) core, these processors combine performance headroom to support rich application services with the time-to-market benefits of a common architecture.The Intel IXP4XX product line provides equipment makers with a wide range of WAN and LAN interfaces for a variety of applications. The IXP422 network processor is designed for residential gateways, wireless access points and SME routers and switches, including support for cryptography. The IXP421 network processor enables data plus Voice over IP (VoIP) applications and the IXP420 network processor is optimized for broadband access applications such as home gateways and SOHO routers used with external modems."Intel continues to focus on providing network processor solutions that are increasingly cost effective and power efficient for our customer's applications and that extend from home and small office equipment to service providers' core switching equipment," said Nick Finamore, general manager, Intel Network Processor Division. "In addition, we continue to expand our extensive ecosystem of complementary products through the Intel Communications Alliance (ICA). Complementary silicon, operating systems, development tools and application solutions are increasingly available from members of the alliance."The Intel IXP4XX product line is already being adopted by network equipment providers like Linksys(1), a developer of secure and high performance wireless devices for business and hot spot environments.Intel Corp.

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