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Intel Beefs Up Telco and Storage Offerings

Intel is padding its non-PC product lineup with new chips targeting the storage, networking and telecommunications sectors.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company Monday began offering a host of Intel NetStructure products based on the Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (AdvancedTCA) specification as well as new I/O processors, chipsets, optical transceivers and bridges.

The new suite of AdvancedTCA-based products include the Intel NetStructure MPCHC0001 14U Shelf (USD$8,100), the Intel NetStructure MPCBL0001 High Performance Single Board Computer (SBC) running Dual Intel LV Xeon processors (USD$3,266) and the Intel NetStructure MPCMM0001 Chassis Management Module (CMM) (USD$1,222). The products are designed for 3G core network applications and advanced services platforms (video on demand, push-to-talk servers), among others. All three are expected to ship in early first quarter of 2004 and will be available for order in December 2003.

The No. 1 chipmaker says all products are designed to withstand continual use over the 5-10-year lifespan typical of most telecommunications equipment. Also because the new products are based on a standard platform architecture, Intel said equipment providers can tap into its Intel Communications Alliance coffers to bring products to market faster.

"By adopting open standards-based platforms, they will reduce time to market, ensure access to the latest technologies, and enable rapid implementation of new value-added services," said Intel vice president Howard Bubb.

Already, Asia Pacific powerhouses NEC and Huawei Technologies have jumped onboard in support of the communication hardware.

The hardware is also complimentary to Intel's NetMerge Call Manager and NetStructure Host Media Processing 1.1 platforms, which the company co-developed with Microsoft .

While the NetStructure lineup is all about Xeon, Intel also took the wraps off its new XScale-based I/O processors including its next I/O storage processor, code-named Dobson. The chip will combine PCI Express and Intel XScale technologies to establish a high-performance RAID on the motherboard (ROMB). The feature is expected to be part of Intel's next-generation Lindenhurst server chipset, and provides data protection for SCSI, SATA and Fibre Channel disk arrays.

For the here and now, Intel said its is IOP331, IOP315, TXN18107 41210 Serial to Parallel PCI Bridge are all shipping.

The single-chip IOP331 fuses DDR memory and a PCI-X bridge, which the company said is good for simplifies the design and cutting development costs for such I/O applications as RAID controllers, security NICs and high-performance iSCSI adapters.

The Intel IOP315 I/O processor chipset is based on the Intel 80200 processor with the 80314 I/O companion chip to improve the performance of disk arrays in storage-area network and network-attached storage applications. The chipset integrates dual Gigabit Ethernet controllers, a PCI-X bridge and enhanced error detection that accelerates iSCSI operations.

The company said its TXN18107 10 Gbps Multimode Optical Transceiver is based on the XFP multisource agreement and supports multimode fiber.

Complementary to its Intel 41210 Development Platform, the Intel 41210 Serial to Parallel PCI Bridge is a PCI Express-to-PCI/PCI-X 1.0 bridge that allows for add-in cards to function on PCI Express technology-based platforms.

The chipmaker said its Intel IOP331 I/O Processor and the Intel IQ80331 Evaluation Board are available now, and cost $69 in quantities of 10,000 for the processor and $4,500 for the board. The Intel IOP315 I/O processor chipset is sampling now and costs $105 to $159 in quantities of 10,000, depending on options and performance. The IQ80314 PCI-X Development Platform is available now and costs $4,500. The Intel TXN18107 10 Gbps Multimode Optical Transceiver costs $495 in quantities of 1,000 and is currently sampling. The Intel 41210 Serial to Parallel PCI Bridge and Intel IQ41210 Development Kit will be available early in 2004. The bridge costs $32 in quantities of 10,000 and the development kit costs $1,300.