LVL7 announces its Fastpath software is fully integrated, enabling enterprise and service provider OEMs to accelerate time to market

December 9, 2003

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MORRISVILLE, N.C. -– LVL7 Systems, a provider of merchant IP software for Layer 2, 3 and 4 Ethernet products announced today that its award-winning FASTPATH® software is now available fully integrated with VxWorks® and Linux® operating systems as well as PowerPC, MIPS and ARM CPUs and merchant silicon from leading companies including Broadcom®, Infineon, Intel®, Marvell® and SwitchCore.

The new FASTPATH 2000 family of product platforms along with enhanced testing, certification and project management enable enterprise focused Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to leverage this high level of integration to rapidly deliver turnkey production ready Ethernet switching products to market. Service provider OEMs developing Metro and Access products can leverage the same level of integration with a set of flexible software modules available within FASTPATH as a foundation on top of which enhanced applications and value added customization can be added, reducing development costs and significantly improving time to market of complex multi-function products.

FASTPATH Software Platforms for Ethernet Systems

FASTPATH software is now available as a fully integrated, production ready family of product platforms for Enterprise OEMs, Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs) and Contract Manufacturers (CMs) building 10/100/Gigabit Ethernet solutions.

  • FASTPATH 2200 – A Managed Layer 2 product that features Layer 2+ applications and protocols for building advanced switching products.

  • FASTPATH 2240 – A Managed Layer 2/Layer 4 product that includes Switching and Quality of Service (QoS), featuring DiffServ, Access Control Lists and Bandwidth Provisioning.

  • FASTPATH 2300 – A Managed Layer 2/Layer 3 product that features Switching and Routing modules for advanced routing capabilities.

  • FASTPATH 2340 – A Managed Layer 2/3/4 product that combines the Switching, Routing and QoS modules.

  • The FASTPATH 310 – An optional module upgrade for IP Multicast for web services and video and audio traffic.

  • The FASTPATH 320 – An optional module upgrade for BGP-4 for routing between Autonomous Systems.

All FASTPATH platforms offer a customizable network management capability including a graphical user interface, which allows each OEM to have a unique look-and-feel for their product.

Turnkey Services

To address the need for a single point of contact to manage new product introduction, LVL7 also offers turnkey services including customization, feature development, management branding and execution through product deployment. More than 7,500 feature and network system tests are performed as part of a certification, interoperability and quality assurance program that guarantees that new products are production ready. LVL7 has established development relationships with major ODMs and CMs in Asia and North America that provide production ready hardware for next generation Ethernet networking products. These turnkey, production-ready systems enable OEMs to rapidly bring new products to market with virtually zero development risk.

“The level of integration and the extent to which we verify and system test products are outstanding value propositions for our customers,” said Geoff Bula, LVL7’s VP of Engineering. “Our turnkey managed L2/L3/L4 platforms allow OEMs to bring Ethernet switching products to market within sixty to ninety days”.

FASTPATH Offering for Service Provider OEMs

In addition, FASTPATH is available as a family of source code modules that are ported, integrated and optimized with device drivers for industry-leading networking silicon, CPU and operating systems to deliver the core Ethernet IP functionality required for Metro and Access products. By leveraging the flexible FASTPATH software architectural abstraction layers, APIs and networking modules, Service Provider OEMs can rapidly deploy their own high value, differentiating, customized functionality and enhancements. Service Provider OEMs will typically save more than one year in Ethernet networking system development by utilizing FASTPATH as a foundation for their Access and Metro products.

LVL7 Systems Inc.

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