Electronic Design

Hardware/Software Framework Speeds Development Of Data, Storage Network Devices

Aimed at designers developing data storage and storage networking ASICs or FPGAs, the CebaIP Platform from CebaTech Inc. is a protocol-complete hardware and software framework. Using the CebaIP Platform's integrated advanced direct memory access (DMA) controller with the OpenBSD software driver, designers can rapidly achieve complete data networking and storage product solutions.

The platform enables modular protocol-level connectivity between the media access controller (MAC) layer and host application layer interface. With supported data rates ranging from 1 to 10 Gbits/s, customers can choose from various platform configurations to meet the needs of their specific data and storage networking products. Designers can implement their products in either ASICs or FPGAs.

Platform configurations initially supported include GZIP-based compression and decompression with optional advanced encryption standard (AES) support. A second configuration includes partial TCP/IP offload with optional link aggregation, virtual local-area network (VLAN), and large send offload (LSO) support. Both configurations are available with the CebaIP Platform advanced descriptor-based DMA controller and OpenBSD reference software driver.

GZIP-based compression and decompression is available now. The partial TCP/IP offload configuration will be available in the third quarter of 2007. Future configurations—including full TCP/IP offload, Internet protocol security (IPSec), iSCSI initiator and target, RDMA, and advanced rule-based filtering—will be released late this year and early next year.

To learn more, go to www.cebatech.com/productsandservices.

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