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January 16, 2012

Kontron 10-Core Packet Processor Module Targets High Bandwidth LTE Network Security Apps

Embedded computing processor supplier Kontron (News - Alert) has readied a 10-core out-of-the-box module designed for high bandwidth LTE network security applications. Labeled AM4211, it features Cavium OCTEON II packet processor, TurboDPI software and 10 GbE performance.

According to Kontron, this AMC module represents a 40 percent increase in performance for any new designs of security and deep packet inspection (DPI), network applications for SNOW 3G and KASUMI, TCP/IP packet processing acceleration and QoS that are integrated into eNodeB base stations and other types of network security and test and measurement applications for LTE (News - Alert) networks. 

Kontron said that the combination of Cavium hardware acceleration engines and production-ready Cavium TurboDPI software ensures that processor module AM4211 is available as an "out-of-the-box" DPI card for application system developers who require 10 GbE wire-speed performance of various DPI functions. As per the supplier, it includes five main DPI categories: protocol analysis/application recognition; anti-malware/anti-virus; application performance management; network intrusion detection and prevention (IDS/IPS); and URL filtering.

In addition to MicroTCA platform design considerations, the Kontron AMC packet processor module AM4211 can also be used in combination with full-scale AdvancedTCA (News - Alert) blades as a co-processor network interface controller (NIC) card, scalable with 14-slot AdvancedTCA platforms, such as the Kontron Open Modular Core Platform OM9141-10G.

In a statement, said Marc Leclaire, product manager for Knotron’s AMC, MicroTCA, ATCA Switch products, "Demand for network security & DPI across carrier and data center infrastructure is strong." "We have worked in close collaboration with Cavium to be the first to give OEM and TEM security equipment clients the right DPI hardware and software tools on commercial-off-the-shelf hardware platforms. This ensures they can streamline their system-level designs to offer market-leading performance with the lowest cost of ownership," noted Leclaire. 

Likewise, stated YJ Kim, general manager, Infrastructure Processor (News - Alert) Group at Cavium, “The move to cloud-based SaaS services and increasing smart phone data traffic are putting tremendous pressure on network equipment vendors to integrate more sophisticated security and deep-packet-inspection features into their network applications." Furthermore, Kim added, "Integration of our market-leading, high-performance, 10-core OCTEON II processor, our production-ready TurboDPI software and very flexible I/O options onto a single Kontron AMC module makes for a very compelling, complete, fast-to-market security and DPI solution that can easily scale in performance, cost, and power requirements."

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Ashok Bindra is a veteran writer and editor with more than 25 years of editorial experience covering RF/wireless technologies, semiconductors and power electronics. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Juliana Kenny

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