GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms Ships WANic 5860 Packet Processor

GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms announced that the WANic[tm] 5860 packet processor is now shipping. Ideal for applications demanding wire-speed communications, the WANic 5860 card is designed to enable rapid application development using open, modular, highly available systems based on PCI-X platform architectures. It is supported by GE Fanuc’s growing ecosystem of third party software vendors such as 6Wind.

“Demand for high performance secure IP communications and multi-gigabit packet processing continues to grow rapidly,” said Rubin Dhillon, Global Director of Communications Product Management at GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, “and the WANic 5860, with its next generation bandwidth, responds to that demand. We now offer what we believe to be the widest range of powerful, flexible and reliable packet processing solutions in the industry.”

GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms - WANic 5860 Packet ProcessorThe WANic 5860 PCI-X card provides a powerful complement to the WANic 3860, providing an alternative that delivers even greater throughput and higher bandwidth, and also complements the recently-announced (June 3) PCI Express form factor WANic 5434. The card, which is designed for NEBS compliance to ensure safety and reliability while maintaining network integrity, is highly appropriate for applications such as session border control, secure access (IPsec), network address translation (NAT), deep packet inspection (DPI), traffic management and firewall.

Available with four 1000BaseT Gigabit Ethernet ports configured with four 1000BaseT twisted pair copper SFPs or four 1000BaseSX ports configured with fiber SFPs, the WANic 5860 leverages the power of the 600MHz Cavium OCTEON[tm] Plus CN5860-NSP 16-core MIPS64[tm]-based processor to deliver up to 4Gbits/second line-speed packet processing for Layers 2-7. To optimize application performance, the CN5860-NSP supports a dual-issue, five-stage pipeline and optimized latencies as well as auto instruction pre-fetching and advanced data pre-fetching features to minimize memory delays.

The WANic 5860 software implementation is a comprehensive development package designed to improve time-to-revenue. It is optimized to simplify application integration for multi-core processor development environments. Firmware including a Universal Boot loader (U-Boot) and comprehensive Power On Self Test (POST) is embedded in the hardware. Also included are a Linux Support Package (LSP) and sample application code designed to exercise the WANic 5860. The LSP includes a Linux Operating System and user application diagnostics. The supported operating system is Debian Linux: support for other operating systems is available upon request.

To further improve customer time to market, optional software modules such as an IPv4/IPv6 stack, IPSec, QoS management, multicast forwarding, IP filtering, VLAN, L2 tunneling and application programming frameworks will be available from GE Fanuc ecosystem third party providers.

OCTEON is a trademark of Cavium Networks. MIPS64 is a registered trademark f MIPS Technologies, Inc. WANic is a trademark of GE Fanuc.

About GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a joint venture between General Electric (NYSE: GE) and FANUC LTD of Japan, is a high-performance technology company and a global provider of hardware, software, services, expertise and experience in automation and embedded computing, with products employed in virtually every industry, including manufacturing automation, defense, automotive, telecommunications, healthcare and aerospace. GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms is a worldwide company head-quartered in Charlottesville, VA, and is part of GE Enterprise Solutions.