LSI Releases Content Processor

New RAM-less operating mode enables significantly lower-cost solutions for silicon-based intrusion prevention and antivirus applications

March 31, 2008

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MILPITAS, Calif. -- LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI - News) today announced the Tarari T1000 series of silicon-based content inspection processors for networking OEMs. The T1000 series supports either completely RAM-less or single-memory chip operating modes and provides scalable throughput up to 2 Gb/s, enabling manufacturers to leverage a single development effort across a wide range of performance levels. T1000 processors also occupy one-tenth the board space of previous-generation solutions.

The T1000 series is the first regular expression (regex) processor to function independently without any external memory for implementations operating at data rates of 250 Mb/s and 500 Mb/s. When configured for RAM-less mode operation, T1000 processors share host CPU system memory, resulting in lower cost and reduced power consumption. The simple addition of a single low-cost memory chip enables high-performance applications operating at 1 Gb/s and 2 Gb/s rates. In contrast, today's competing solutions require multiple, expensive and exotic memory types to achieve multi-gigabit data rates.

The T1000 series also allows networking manufacturers to use the same development effort across their spectrum of performance levels from entry-level to high-end systems. Now the same regular expression rules can be used in applications ranging from 100 Mb/s to 10 Gb/s rates, saving engineering expense and improving time to market. In addition to supporting real-time performance, these solutions free up the system CPU to process additional value-added applications. Designers also have the flexibility of reducing the CPU clock frequency or use fewer expensive CPU cores to reduce overall system cost and power consumption.

"The new T1000 series is targeted specifically at high-volume applications," said Randy Smerik, senior vice president, Network Components Group, LSI. "We have moved very quickly since Tarari joined LSI in October 2007, and the T1000 is a good example of this. Our solutions will drive down the overall cost of adding greater intelligence, control and security into the network and complements our multi-gigabit board-level products that went into production earlier this year."

LSI Corp.

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