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

“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
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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