Agere announce two new network processor chips

TIPPINST – Agere systems a network processor manufacturer recently announced two new NP chips. The Payload family dynasty is being continued with the Advanced PayloadPlus 300 (APP300) network processor chip, a new addition of sorts is thek layer processor (LLP) chip.
In the press release they claim that “Used in access equipment, these devices can reduce software application code size by 30 times and save up to eight staff years of engineering resources”. They also refer to the advantages being offered to architects who are trying to develop solutions for Quality of Service, IPTV.
The claims are nothing new and are part of the reason why network processors are so attractive, I think Agere should publicise their OO development framework. This in my opinion is their hidden asset. As part of my PhD research into network processors I have reviewed their architecture in detail and was left with the impression that their system was designed with programmers in mind.

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