IBM Rolls Out New Networking Chip
IBM says PowerPRS 64Gu packet routing switch is more compact and uses less power than do similar chip sets.IBM today announced a new networking chip focused on providing increased performance in a compact design with low power usage. The PowerPRS 64Gu packet routing switch, set to be widely available in October, allows networking gear makers to build high-bandwidth applications in a smaller switch fabric board form factor and to expand to higher aggregate throughput and number of ports without replacing entire systems, IBM officials said. The PowerPRS 64G can support the development of single-stage switch fabrics with as many as 32 ports for OC48c and multiple Gigabit Ethernet applications or as many as 8 ports for 10 Gigabit Ethernet and OC192c applications.
The new chip set, when combined with the new IBM PowerPRS C48 switch fabric interface or existing PowerPRS C192 switch fabric interface, is aimed at a wide range of networking applications, such as enterprise, WAN edge, Web content routers, SANs, multiservice backbone switches and mobile base stations, IBM officials said.