GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms Announces High-Performance Packet Processor PCI Express Card For Key Telecommunications Applications

Enables new, dynamic applications for service providers and business enterprises

  • Cavium OCTEONâ„¢ Plus CN5650-NSP 12-core 600MHz packet processor
  • X4 GbE SFP ports on the PCI-Express front panel
  • X4 lanes PCI Express to host
  • 10 Gigabit XAUI board-to-board interconnect
  • Designed for NEBS compliance
  • CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA September 16, 2008 GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a unit of GE Enterprise Solutions, today announced the availability of its WANicâ„¢ 5654 high-performance packet processor. The WANic 5654 enables OEMS to develop wire-speed applications for telecommunications service providers and business enterprises to examine the content of traffic, gather statistics, perform traffic shaping and routing and to add other content aware services. Capable of supporting up to 12 processors, the WANic 5654 is a 4-port Gigabit Ethernet IP unit featuring the latest Cavium OCTEONâ„¢ Plus CN5650-NSP (Network Services Processor) 600MHz processor. “Packet processing has the potential to be a significant contributor to the effectiveness and profitability of telecommunications providers,” said Rubin Dhillon, Global Director of Communications Product Management at GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms. “These specialized processors will allow network traffic to be analyzed and acted upon as it is being transmitted enabling new dynamic applications for security and other services that require awareness of traffic content. “GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms has the broadest range of form factors for packet processors in the industry, including ATCA, AMC, PCI-X and PCI-E,” he added. Because they are specifically designed for the application, packet processors offer several advantages over traditional network processors for processing data packets, including hardware engines for encryption/decryption, TCP acceleration, compression/decompression and pattern matching. Designed for NEBS compliance, the WANic 5654 is an exceptionally high performance (up to 4 Gbits/second line speed packet processing for layers 2 – 7) packet processor for next generation network applications that are highly interactive and complex – yet must operate at multi-gigabit speeds. As well as featuring x4 PCI Express connectivity, the WANic 5654 also provides support for XAUI Ethernet board-to-board interconnect for multi-WANic 5654 implementations. Its Cavium OCTEON Plus CN5650-NSP Network Services Processor is complemented by up to 4 GBytes of DDR2 SDRAM packet memory and four front-access Gigabit Ethernet ports (1000BaseT or 1000BaseSX, either copper or fiber). Optionally available are 32Mbytes of DDR SDRAM persistent memory (used to store important state information for later use by network support personnel) and up to 4 GBytes of Flash Disk. The WANic 5654 software implementation is a comprehensive development package designed to improve customer time-to-revenue. It is optimized to simplify application integration for multi-core processor development environments. The software includes Universal Boot (U-Boot) loader and comprehensive Power on Self Test (POST) firmware embedded in the hardware. A Linux Support Package (LSP) and sample application code designed to exercise the packet processor is provided to aid application development. The LSP includes a Linux Operating System and user application diagnostics. It loads user application code from internal Flash memory or an external TFTP server, and includes a well-defined Application Program Interface (API) to ease application development. Support for other operating systems is available upon request. To further improve customer time-to-market, optional software modules such as an IPv4/IPv6 stack, IPSec, QoS management, multicast forwarding, IP filtering, VLAN, L2 tunneling and application programming frameworks will be available from GE Fanuc and/or its partners. About GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a joint venture between General Electric (NYSE: GE) and FANUC LTD of Japan, is a high-performance technology company and a global provider of hardware, software, services, expertise and experience in automation and embedded computing, with products employed in virtually every industry, including manufacturing automation, defense, automotive, telecommunications, healthcare and aerospace. GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms is a worldwide company headquartered in Charlottesville, VA, and is part of GE Enterprise Solutions. GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms provides a unique foundation of agile, advanced and ultra-reliable technology that customers can trust to ensure their long-term success. For more information, visit About GE Enterprise Solutions GE Enterprise Solutions elevates customers' productivity and profitability with integrated solutions using sensors and non-destructive testing; security and life safety technologies; power system protection and control; and plant automation and embedded computing systems. Enterprise Solutions' high-tech, high-growth businesses include Sensing & Inspection Technologies, Security, Digital Energy, and GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms. The business has 17,000 problem-solving employees in more than 60 countries around the world. ### Note to editors: High res image can be found at Contact: Ian McMurray, GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms +44 (0) 1327 322821 PCI Express is a trademark of PCI-SIG. OCTEON is a trademark of Cavium Networks. WANic is a trademark of GE Fanuc. 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