NetLogic Microsystems and Wintegra collaborate to develop application-intelligent DPI reference solution

February 17, 2009

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BARCELONA, Spain and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- NetLogic Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: NETL), the leader in the design and development of knowledge-based processors and high-speed integrated circuits, and Wintegra, a leading provider of access processing semiconductors and protocol software, today announced a collaboration between the companies to develop an application-intelligent deep-packet inspection (DPI) reference solution targeted at next-generation 4G/LTE (Long Term Evolution) and HSPA+ wireless base station and aggregation backhaul systems. The reference solution incorporates Wintegra’s WinPath access packet processors and NetLogic Microsystems’ NETL7™ Layer 7 knowledge-based processor, and enables mobile operators to perform real-time DPI to effectively manage services, bandwidth, per-subscriber quality of service (QoS) and security of their networks.

The growing consumer adoption of intelligent handsets and mobile video phones is creating new demands on the mobile wireless infrastructure. While the world’s leading carriers are rolling out high-speed LTE (Long Term Evolution) wireless broadband services, existing deployments of 3G networks are being upgraded to HSPA+ capability and are quickly becoming swamped with peer-to-peer (P2P), video streaming, voice-over-IP (VoIP) and gaming traffic, and are susceptible to the same type of aggressive network security attacks that afflict traditional wireline broadband networks. Deep-packet inspection technology provides an effective solution that enables operators to make efficient use of available network resources, to deploy tiered service plans that differentiate between premium and best-effort services, to enhance ROI, and to reduce security threats on the network as well as mobile devices. These capabilities can be rolled forward into LTE designs with software and performance upgrades offered by Wintegra and NetLogic Microsystems.

The collaborative reference design from NetLogic Microsystems and Wintegra offers operators and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) the ability to perform comprehensive and real-time DPI in the base station and access aggregation equipment without compromising the overall network throughput or extending system latency while at the same time offering significantly lower power consumption when compared to competitive solutions. Given the existing deployments of Wintegra’s market-leading WinPath solution in mobile access networks, vendors can quickly upgrade their networks to add these important capabilities.

Wintegra’s WinPath family comprises advanced packet processors with up to twelve protocol-processing engines specifically optimized for data plane processing functions in advanced mobile wireless infrastructure equipment. The highly optimized packet engines offer significantly higher performance and lower power consumption for next-generation HSPA+, LTE and WiMAX systems. The multi-protocol functionality and internetworking features of the WinPath processor family, combined with carrier-grade, production protocol software from Wintegra, enables operators to seamlessly migrate from today’s ATM and TDM networks to IP networks while minimizing costs, time-to-market, power consumption and footprint.

”Leading wireless operators and service providers recognize the need to enable deep packet inspection in their 4G/LTE networks to maximize the return on their infrastructure investments, and are seeking robust, cost-effective solutions to help them manage and secure their networks,” said Michael Phillip, senior vice president and general manager of Wireless Systems at Wintegra. “We are excited to partner with NetLogic Microsystems on their best-in-class NETL7 processor which, in conjunction with our industry-leading WinPath access processor, provide customers with a scalable DPI solution for advanced base stations and access aggregation systems.”

NetLogic Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: NETL)

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