LSI set to release high performance communications processors

LSI Corporation announced a new generation of advanced communication processors, the Advanced PayloadPlus 2200 (APP2200). The APP2200 portfolio extends the market for the LSI processor technology beyond its traditional core, edge, and access applications and into the multi-service business gateways. APP2200 enables networking providers with the most powerful multi-service business gateway solutions serving the small-and-medium business (SMB) and remote branch office (RBO) markets.

With increased demand for high-bandwidth and real-time services to businesses, networking providers are being forced to transition from older, general-purpose processor designs to more powerful communication processor-based systems. The APP2200 portfolio delivers the right features and performance to enable cost effective and scalable solutions for SMB and RBO gateways that meet the demands for reliable real-time voice, video and security services.

"The LSI APP2200 portfolio is the cornerstone for complete breakthrough multi-service business gateway solutions targeted at SMB and RBO market. LSI is setting a new industry benchmark for cost-performance and network convergence by bringing its carrier-class technology and expertise to this high-growth market," said Ghassan Habelrih, vice president of marketing, Network and Storage Products Group, LSI.

Linley Gwennap, principal analyst, The Linley Group, noted, "The APP2200 combines a proven, fast-path architecture with a powerful dual-CPU processor core that can handle voice, security, and other applications. By integrating these features into a single chip, the APP2200 is well positioned to meet the needs of SMB and RBO gateways at an attractive price point."

The total addressable market for multi-service business gateways in 2007 is expected to be $600 million and grow to more than $2 billion by 2010.

The APP2200 portfolio enables network equipment vendors to deliver multi-service business gateways that support converged voice and data functions such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), virtual private networks (VPN), state-full inspection firewalls, Gigabit Ethernet LAN switches, application-aware QOS, network-attached storage (NAS) and print servers in a single scalable architecture. This portfolio processes data at up to 3 Gigabits per second—approximately 10 times faster than alternative solutions.

Communication processors, which have been widely used in the carrier telecom infrastructure, are spawning new applications in the SMB and RBO gateway market. The APP2200 portfolio makes it possible for content and network service providers to deliver next-generation services over a single and unified service provider, business and home network with maximum reliability, higher quality, and higher bandwidth.

The APP2200 portfolio is built on a single architecture with a complete software solution for all applications, accommodating a user range from 5 to more than 500. The APP2200 portfolio offers an unprecedented level of integration including a dedicated packet processor, integrated classifier, traffic manager, security engine, voice processing, and a high-performance dual-core control and services processor.

As a part of the LSI TrueONE solution, the APP2200 portfolio enables a single hardware architecture to scale from low-end SMB to high-end enterprise gateway solutions. This high level of feature availability and integration combined with a complete application software package allows customers to deliver a higher level of gateway functionality at low Bill of Materials (BOM) costs.