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BW: NYX Networks Announces OpenArchitect - World's First Open-Source Linux Telecommunications Switch

Sep 12, 2000, 20:25 (0 Talkback[s])

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"ZNYX Networks today announced the first CompactPCI switch solution to solve critical time-to-market issues by employing open-source Linux for switch management. The new OpenArchitect CompactPCI switch enables OEMs and system integrators to deploy both standard and customized next-generation IP switching solutions using readily available open source applications. Unveiled at the VON (Voice On the Net) show in Atlanta, Georgia, the OpenArchitect technology is targeted for a wide array of CarrierClass telco, embedded, ISP, Internet backbone, and enterprise applications."

"The first product in the series is the ZX4500 OpenArchitect, which is the industry's most advanced Ethernet 10/100/1000 switching system implemented on a rugged, hot-swappable 6U CompactPCI subsystem. The embedded switch fabric provides line-rate service for 24 ports of 10/100BaseTX (either front or rear panel) and 2 ports of front-panel 1000BaseFX Gigabit Fiber capable of switching more than 6.6 million packets per second. Sixty-four megabytes of packet buffer memory is available to resolve network congestion. The embedded Linux operating system runs on a PowerPC Motorola MPC8240 with 32MB of SDRAM and 32MB of Flash ROM. An on-board Processor-PMC slot is provided for adding either additional I/O peripherals (such as media conversion) or a second CPU for more demanding packet processing functions."

"The ZX4500 OpenArchitect's small footprint has the advantage of high density, which enables network architects to pack more functionality into limited rack space, and achieve a cost benefit over conventional Telco switching solutions. In addition, the embedded switch fabric is fully scalable, and can be quickly configured to bridge to other media types using the Processor-PMC slot. By offering a solution for features such as IEEE 802.1p Class of Service, 802.1q VLANs, and stacking of up to 720 ports of 10/100 and 30 ports of gigabit Ethernet under one management umbrella, OpenArchitect has empowered our partners with sophisticated features that support their requirements."

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