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Fulcrum Gains ATCA Design Win

CALABASAS, Calif. -- Fulcrum Microsystems today announced that the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) of Korea has selected the company’s PivotPoint FM1010 interconnect switch device for its recently completed Packet Genie 1000 10/100/1000 intelligent Ethernet I/O board.

The win is significant because the Packet Genie 1000 is an advanced design that includes Ethernet oversubscription capabilities from Ample Communications, security processing from Cavium Networks and layer 4-7 packet processing capabilities from EZChip Technologies.

“PivotPoint frees networking designs from restrictive, fixed chip-to-chip communications paths – an essential step to delivering flexible systems at multi-gigabit wire speeds,” said Mike Zeile, vice president of marketing for Fulcrum Microsystems. “The Packet Genie offers very advanced capabilities, with cost-efficient modularity, which makes it a great example of the potential of this new architecture.”

The FM1010 is a six-interface, SPI-4.2 crossbar switch chip. It interconnects all of the data path devices in the Packet Genie board, providing high throughput and low latency, and enabling data to “flow back” multiple times between interconnected packet processing resources as needed to support the application.

“PivotPoint is a tremendous advance in interconnect and dramatically increases the flexibility and efficiency of our Harrier Multiport MAC frame processors in oversubscription applications,” said Marek Tlalka, vice president of marketing for Ample Communications. “ As the ETRI design proves, switched interconnect is a critical element to next-generation high-speed networking systems.”

Fulcrum Microsystems Inc.

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