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Intel launches Crystal Forest chipset for network infrastructure vendors

Touts high performance packet handling capabilities
Thu Nov 01 2012, 16:11
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CHIPMAKER Intel has launched its Crystal Forest chipset for network infrastructure.

Intel might be best known for its X86 desktop, laptop and server chips but the firm does a pretty good trade in embedded chips and has announced that a number of large vendors have pledged their support for its new Crystal Forest chipset. The firm said its Crystal Forest chipset will enable networking equipment vendors to shift and control more data using its chips.

Intel's Crystal Forest chipset includes a CPU, though the firm didn't say which model, an Intel 89XX series chipset and a Data Plane Development Kit. The firm claims its Quickassist technology is optimised for performing cryptography and compression on network packets and claimed that the performance is greater than multiple ASIC products.

Stephen Price, director of marketing at Intel said, "Integrating multiple workloads into a single platform reduces cost, complexity and time to market for telecoms equipment manufacturers, and makes service provider capital investment more efficient. Using Intel Architecture brings the virtues of standardisation, constant performance improvement, ecosystem and developer support as well as backward compatibility to a market which currently relies heavily on complex and costly custom silicon."

Intel also announced an array of customers that will use its chips for new products, including ADI Engineering, ADLink, Advantech, Axiomtek, Dell, Emerson Network Power, Lanner, Nexcom, Portwell/Caswell, Sisoft, Wind River Systems, Win Enterprises, Zynx and 6 Wind.

According to Intel, Crystal Forest will be used in routers, web appliances and service blades that need to run both data connectivity and application processes. µ


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