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Boosting processor prospects

Broader bandwidth requirements are better news for network processor developers. By Roy Rubenstein.

Network processor vendors have experienced the full spectrum of market conditions since 2000, but only recently have they seen strong growth, even if the total market remains modest. And, according to Agere Systems and AMCC, growth will continue with access networks the next big opportunity for network processors (NP).
“The majority of the [NP] revenues will be in access,” said Kevin Brennan, marketing manager at AMCC. “Access – wireless and wireline – is the most active [market for NPs],” agreed David Sonnier, chief architect for Agere’s networking division, adding “There are requirements for increased bandwidth in a high volume application.” More telecom platforms are impacted as bandwidth moves to the network edge, while the corresponding greater traffic raises the packet processing demands. Both developments drive NP demand.

Roy Rubenstein

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