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IDT Network Search Engine Enables Convergence Capabilities in Avici Linecard Platform

Unique Multi-Database Lookup Instruction and Robust Development Environment of the IDT NSE Bring Efficient Searches and Accelerated Time to Market for Avici’s MSC Platform

SAN JOSE, Calif., August 31, 2005IDT™ (Integrated Device Technology, Inc.; Nasdaq:  IDTI), a leading communications IC company and a leading provider of network search engines (NSEs), today announced that its 9-Mbit 75K62134 NSE with Look-Aside Interface (LA-1) is a key component in the Multi-Service Connect (MSC) platform from Avici Systems Inc. (Nasdaq:  AVCI).  Currently shipping in production to leading networking equipment manufacturers, Avici’s MSC platform is a family of linecards that enable carriers to converge multiple services, such as ATM, frame relay, voice and IP over their IP/MPLS networks.  By leveraging the IDT 75K62134 NSE, Avici was able to realize several benefits, including simplified development efforts, accelerated time to market and advanced search capabilities in its MSC platform.

 

The IDT 75K62134 NSE offers several unique features that contribute to the converged networking capabilities supported by the Avici MSC platform.  Chief among these features is the Multi-Database Lookup (MDL) instruction, which optimizes the bandwidth of the LA-1 interface by allowing up to eight different searches from eight different databases using the same search key and delivering up to a 4x search-performance increase compared to competing solutions.  The MDL instruction helps Avici achieve the high line-rate performance necessary to support the converged services of the MSC platform.

 

Additionally, IDT offers a complete design accelerator kit for the 75K62134 NSE, including a full suite of software and hardware development tools to speed time to market and reduce development costs.  Included in the kit is the system-level architectural model (SLAM), which is a simulation model of the 75K62134 NSE, allowing hardware designers to design and test their application code while the hardware is still being developed and debugged.  The development kit also includes IMS (initialization, management and searching) and DPM (data-plane macros) software suites, which provide customers with a quick start on the control plane and application software development.  To further simplify the customer’s development effort, IDT designed the SLAM, IMS, and DPM software tools to seamlessly integrate with the software environments of leading NPU vendors, such as Intel. 

         

“When evaluating NSE solutions for our MSC platform, it was clear that the IDT offering provided the best combination of features, performance and development support to enable the convergence capabilities our customers need,” said Jed Kaplan, Product Line Manager, Avici Systems Inc.  “We were able to realize a major search-performance increase by using the MDL feature of the IDT 75K62134, and the SLAM development tool allowed us to significantly cut our development time.”     

 

IDT is a pioneer in NSE technology, and our years of expertise in supplying customers with industry-leading products allow us to continue to achieve innovations, such as the MDL instruction and SLAM development tool,” said Dave Cech, director of marketing for the IDT IP co-processor division.  “Providing convergence networking services, such as those offered by the Avici MSC platform, requires the ability to do multiple look-ups per packet.  The IDT 75K62134 enables Avici to do multiple searches with one command key, thereby simplifying system overhead and maximizing efficiency.”

 

Avici’s MSC platform combines Avici’s unique carrier-class routing technology and Intel® IXP2400 network processors to provide carriers with ASAP™ (Any Service Any Port) flexibility to configure the linecard through software to support ATM, frame relay, POS/PPP or MPLS.  Using Avici’s MSC platform, carriers can deliver legacy and new real-time services over IP while eliminating the cost and complexity of maintaining multiple parallel backbone networks.

 IDT Network Search Engine Solutions

IDT provides a comprehensive family of NSEs that accelerate packet processing and enable intelligent application management in next-generation networking equipment.  The IDT NSE portfolio includes a family of custom devices, as well as families of NSEs with high-performance interfaces for ASICs, and glue-less interfaces to leading network processors, to accelerate packet classification and forwarding in core, metro and access networks.  IDT serves as chairman of the board of the Network Processing Forum (www.npforum.org) and is an Associate Member of the Intel® Communications Alliance (www.intel.com/go/ica). 

 

About IDT

IDT is a global leader in semiconductor solutions for advanced network services. IDT serves communications equipment vendors by applying its advanced hardware, software and memory technologies to create flexible, highly integrated products that enhance the functionality and processing of network equipment. IDT accelerates innovation with products such as network search engines (NSEs), flow-control management (FCM) ICs and its commitment to and products for standards-based serial switching. The portfolio also comprises products optimized for communications applications, including telecom products, FIFOs, multi-ports, and timing solutions. In addition, the product mix includes high-performance digital logic and high-speed SRAMs to meet the requirements of leading communications companies.

 

Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., the company employs approximately 2,500 people worldwide and has a wafer manufacturing facility in Oregon, and an assembly and test facility in Malaysia.  IDT stock is traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market® under the symbol “IDTI.”  The company is included in the S&P 1000, which is a combination of the S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 Indices, and is also part of the S&P SuperComposite 1500, which combines the S&P 500, MidCap 400, and SmallCap 600.

 

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