IT Look like a lot of people on this board do not know what they are talking about.
1. Look at the presentation on EZChip (pdf format) on page 11. This is the NP1 interface (So does EZchip claim - no?).
* On the right side bottom is SPI 4.2. this is changed now to SPI 5.1.
2. On page 14 again SPI 4.2 change to SPI 5.1.
* Same page: SerDes is again changed interface.
3. On page 15 again SerDes BTW this and the other interface ware it is on the side of NP1 it mean that : pins, signals, PLL (Phase Loop circuits) and others may have to change.
4. Page 17 QX-1 same interface problem.
My conclusion: EZChip will have to make changes to design and musks IN THE MIDDLE of sample production. I.E. DELAY.
Do email the company AND POST THE REPLY.
Profitrb is absolutely right here Jon, "Protocol" is the word that has not been used here before - has to do with the functions/features of the seven layers and if EZ were not expert in that it would be like threading a needle in the dark. But then that is why this chip is advertised as a seven layer wire speed processor. Look at Euphrusynes and Nodoze (s) posts on this subject.. no need to look further because the very things concerned in the Standard are tucked away neatly deep within the bowels of the NP1/2. Remember the agreement with Mindspring? That was to secure a way that the NP1 customers with SONET/SDH could receive termination/decoding of their incoming data. Somewhat the same thing with IBM etc... Remember when the software packages were sent out - that software contained the code steps to plan for applications of the tasks found below...
At the above link "click" on corporate presentation and find:
LARGE VARIETY OF LINE CARD APPLICATIONS
> Core and Edge Routers
> Metro Service Provisioning Platforms
> Enterprise Backbone Switches
> 3G Base Stations and
> Storage Systems
STAND ALONE SPECIAL APPLICATIONS
> Load Balancing and
> Content Switches
I have seen these terms used in conversational interviews but could not find them due to the time/effort factor.
I don't get it Jon, Gilder and Boardwalk were both talking about how CIEN/CSCO would save $75,000 per system with the NP1 for the first item in the above list... The NP 1 is compatible with anything you want to throw at it - even 3G. (somewhere) How about that?
Thanks again for your most helpful and informative posts. Yes if you could kindly dig that information out it would be great. Standards ratification is going to be key to how broad EZ penetration is into different sectors. The broader that penetration the higher revenue will be. Thanks again.
Jon, in some of the "white papers" and also maybe in a recent press release about the future samples - Eli reviewed the many, many uses that he envisioned for the NP-1. Some were quite simple as I recall and probably will never materalize for the NP-1 in that it would be overkill etc., etc.
By far an away the most widespread use of the NP-1 (IMHO) will be as a router at/in/near the Metro network where traffic is entered or leaves the network. There it will be able to recognize, sort, parcel, route data traffic that could be in one of MANY formats to include Ethernet, SONET, Internet Protocal (IP) SDH etc, etc. It does not have to get into the breakdown of all of these formats into electronic signals at this point in time - just take the data off a main trunk line and route it via a branch feeder line to your business. At that point the data can be broken out to give the electronic signals that you can use/see on your computer/television/DVD etc. I think a second NP-1 with altogether different software could then do this job.
If you need, I will try to find the part where Eli talks about all the uses that he anticipates for the NP1 - you need to look at that again because the tasks performed are quite different in some applications. And yes, the current discussions on on Ethernet Standards covers how all of the 70-75 chips must work together in others NPUs.
I know the standards ratification is a big issue for EZ. I'm the one who made the initial request for more information. Thanks for rcmnaz and stinger and whoever else is trying to shine some light on a complex part of understanding the technology and the ease with which EZ can successfully enter the marketplace. Any other information is much appreciated even though it is difficult, for me at least, to understand it.
Good post rcmnaz. Where is EZ in terms of these standards? Have they designed in SPI-5 as of now and how difficult would it be to do so? Nothing is cast in concrete as of yet it appears but may be leaning this way according to the article. Thanks in advance for your response.