AMCC Announces Cycle Accurate Simulator for nP3705 Packet Processor

Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (NASDAQ:AMCC), a global leader in embedded Power Architecture(TM) processing, optical transport and storage solutions, announced the availability of a Cycle Accurate Simulator (CAS) for the nP3705 packet processor. The CAS provides software developers with a virtual system prototyping solution that is generated from the nP3705 design files. This hardware-accurate model of the design provides customers with an early development platform that facilitates system debug and verification.

The nP3705 CAS is a platform-level simulator that utilizes Carbon Design Systems’(TM) model generation technology to provide a cycle-accurate simulation of the nP3705 subsystem that includes Reduced Latency DRAM (RLDRAM) and Quad Data Rate (QDR) external memories, and GE and FE interfaces. The nP3705 subsystem configuration is based on the AdvancedTCA(TM) (ATCA) form factor hardware evaluation platform named “Saguaro”. The Saguaro platform includes an nP3705 packet processor for data-plane functions, an AMCC PowerPC(R) 440EP processor for the control plane, and AMCC’s Amur S1215 integrated SONET/SDH deep-channelization framer device.

The nP3705 CAS provides customers with a powerful resource that can be used for integration testing of software partitioned between the control CPU and the packet processor, including configuring and exercising the integrated Traffic Manager and Channel Service Manager functional blocks within the nP3705 packet processor. The performance of individual applications can be profiled helping to further isolate and identify bottlenecks.

“One of the biggest problems facing customers who want to use off-the-shelf network processors is programming the devices,” said Joseph Byrne, senior analyst at The Linley Group and author of A Guide to Access Processors. “By providing sophisticated software development tools, suppliers like AMCC are helping customers reduce code development time, which increases the appeal of these processors.”

Carbon’s model generation technology automatically generates an executable software representation of the nP3705 directly from the RTL. This path guarantees correctness and delivers a model which executes extremely quickly in a small memory footprint. Carbon’s technology seamlessly scales to millions of gates while still retaining complete RTL accuracy and enabling rapid system and software debug.

“Carbon Design Systems is very pleased to partner with AMCC and enable the delivery of high-speed, cycle-accurate models to their customers,” said Bill Neifert, founder and Chief Technical Officer at Carbon Design Systems. “Carbon’s model generation technology coupled with our substantial transactor library allow all users of Carbon’s models to rapidly debug and integrate their systems well in advance of actual silicon.”

“AMCC is committed to providing the necessary tools that our customers need to get an early start on their software development and deployment,” said Charlie Ashton, director of software at AMCC. “The nP3705 Cycle Accurate Simulator provides an environment to start development on the nP3705 processor as well as an effective platform for our customers to debug and verify their products.”

About AMCC’s nP3705 Packet Processor
The nP3705 is an OC-24 packet processing and traffic management solution. In addition to high-performance packet processing and fine-grained traffic management, the nP3705 includes specialized coprocessors that perform classification, policing, and coherent database management for unparalleled line-rate performance. The nP3705 packet processor expands AMCC’s packet processor technology to multi-service access applications.

Developed over several generations of traffic management and packet processor products, AMCC’s packet processor technology unites the flexibility of the industry’s highest performance packet-processing nPcore with the most widely deployed and mature traffic management technology. This unique combination enables developers to achieve extremely fine-grained control of subscriber traffic, without impacting the ability to perform complex protocol inter-working at media speeds. The single-stage programming model dramatically simplifies software development and troubleshooting for faster time-to-market.

Pricing and Availability
AMCC’s nP3705 Cycle Accurate Simulator is aggressively priced at $9500 and runs on Linux(R). The CAS may be ordered from AMCC or any authorized distributor using part number NPWS-3705-CAS. The software is released as part of the nPWorkshop release and is separately licensed. For more information, please contact your local AMCC sales office

About AMCC
AMCC is a global leader in network and embedded PowerPC processing, optical transport and storage solutions. Our products enable the development of converged IP-based networks offering high-speed secure data, high-definition video and high-quality voice for carrier, metropolitan, access and enterprise applications. AMCC provides networking equipment vendors with industry-leading communications processing, Ethernet, SONET and switch fabric solutions. AMCC is also the leading vendor of high-port count SATA RAID controllers enabling low-cost, high-performance, and high-capacity storage. AMCC’s corporate headquarters are located in Sunnyvale, California. Sales and engineering offices are located throughout the world.

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