PC Week: IBM to battle Intel on networking chip front

“Intel Corp., which announced its Internet Exchange
Architecture road map yesterday, won’t be the only heavyweight in
the embeddable communications processor ring.”

“IBM this morning formally announced plans to build similar

“IBM is going Intel one better, however, by also introducing a
switched fabric to connect the processors in a way that will enable
network device makers to build bigger, faster switches and routers,
IBM officials said.

“The products include a new family of processors that will take
the place of ASICs in routers, hubs and switches. Unlike an ASIC,
which has to be redesigned for each new device, a programmable
processor can be enhanced through changes in software.”