SOURCE: IP Infusion

May 27, 2005 08:00 ET

IP Infusion Introduces Advanced Integration Suite for Broadcom® StrataXGS® Families of Ethernet Switching Platforms

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 27, 2005 -- IP Infusion, the leading provider of intelligent network software for enhanced IP services platforms, today announced the availability of its ZebOS® Advanced Integration Suite software for the Broadcom® StrataXGS® family of current and new generation Ethernet switch silicon products including StrataXGS I, StrataXGS II and StrataXGS III™.

The ZebOS Advanced Integration Suite (AIS) is a set of forwarding plane software modules called the Hardware Integration Platform (HIP). For each merchant silicon platform and operating system combination, a specific HIP module can be developed based on a common advanced forwarding plane software architecture shared across different merchant silicon platforms. The HIP module provides comprehensive forwarding plane implementation that supports L2, L3, multicast and MPLS/traffic engineering forwarding needs. By fully supporting L2, L3, multicast and MPLS protocols, and tightly integrating these protocols with the StrataXGS silicon platform, the solution enables the HIP module to interface completely with IP Infusion's control plane Advanced Routing Suite (ARS) software. A ZebOS AIS HIP, when combined with the ZebOS ARS L2, L3, multicast and MPLS networking protocol software, provides a full system solution for routing, switching, MPLS and advanced IP services applications.

The IPI AIS solution supports and fully integrates IPv4, IPv6 and MPLS protocols with Broadcom's StrataXGS III family of switching silicon. The AIS solution takes full advantage of the differentiated functionality featured in the StrataXGS III technology, such as IPv4/IPv6 dual-stack forwarding, IPv4/IPv6 transition tunneling, and hardware accelerated MPLS forwarding.

The IPI AIS solution is designed specifically for industry-leading platforms such as Broadcom's StrataXGS switches and takes full advantage of IP Infusion's advanced Layer 2 switching, L3 routing and MPLS software. As a result, any switching platform based on Broadcom's industry-leading StrataXGS technology is now fully compatible with IP Infusion's ZebOS solution, ideally suited for the enterprise switching and carrier markets. IP Infusion will demonstrate this integrated solution at Computex 2005 in Taipei, Taiwan, May 31st - June 4th, in the Broadcom Meeting Room, T101C at the Taipei International Convention Center, Hall 4.

"The combination of IP Infusion's ZebOS advanced routing and switching software and Broadcom's StrataXGS family of Ethernet switch silicon provides network equipment manufacturers with a flexible and cost-effective solution that gives the highest performance levels and density for Ethernet switching systems," said Perry Constantine, President and CEO of IP Infusion.

"We are pleased that the strategic partnership with IP Infusion, driven by our early collaboration on emerging technologies such as IPv6 and MPLS, has resulted in a combined switching and routing solution that fully encompasses next-generation enterprise and carrier needs," said Eric Hayes, Director of Product Marketing of Broadcom's Networking Switch Line of Business. "The IP Infusion solution for our StrataXGS architecture enables customers to leverage extensible ZebOS software to deliver high quality, fully integrated reliable solutions quickly to market."

Using IPI's full range of the ZebOS AIS HIP modules and the ARS protocol modules, original design manufacturers (ODMs) and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can rapidly bring full solutions to market without the costly and lengthy software and hardware integration development normally associated with complex switching/routing systems.

The ZebOS software utilizes an industry-leading scalable, modular and extensible architecture for building routing, switching and advanced IP services systems. The well-defined and extensible API between the ARS (control plane) and the AIS (forwarding plane) called the Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) allows easy addition of custom features and applications. The ZebOS HAL isolates all of the hardware platform specific interaction into a small set of well-defined function calls for the ARS (control plane). The function calls above HAL run unmodified for any switching and routing hardware platform. The result is that customers have the full flexibility to select only the required protocol modules in the most cost and code space effective way.

Depending on the system application, the appropriate HIP base module and the required options can be selected flexibly. The IPI and Broadcom integrated solution offers base modules such as L2 only and L2/L3 hybrid and options such as IPv6, QoS, stacking/chassis system support, and MPLS support for enabling various enterprise switching and metro Ethernet applications. Taking advantage of feature-rich StrataXGS architectures, the HIP base module includes support for hardware-based QoS management, rate limiting, traffic metering, and security such as packet filtering/remarking and denial-of-service attack/CPU protection and packet tunneling.

About IP Infusion

IP Infusion Inc., the leading provider of intelligent network software for enhanced IP services platforms, delivers routing, switching, multicast, and QoS technology enabling equipment vendors and end-users to rapidly develop and deploy solutions for the access, enterprise, and provider edge markets. IP Infusion has extended its software to allow vendors to address a wide variety of value-added IP services markets. IP Infusion continues to develop network software solutions that provide equipment vendors with building blocks to rapidly create modular and scalable high-performance solutions around best-of-breed network hardware and software products from vendors such as Intel, Broadcom, Wind River, and MontaVista. Its software is deployed worldwide in network equipment in the enterprise, telecommunications, and service provider spaces throughout Asia, North America, and Europe. IP Infusion has both gained design wins in the enterprise and security solutions markets and taken a leadership position in the growing IPv6, virtualization, and high-availability network equipment market. For more information about IP Infusion, please visit

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