ADI Engineering Unveils Development Kit for SDN/OpenFlow Network White Boxes

By Raju Shanbhag September 11, 2013

The OpenFlow network allows companies to modify the functionality of network devices as they see fit. Because of this, OpenFlow has been in great demand in recent years.

ADI Engineering has introduced a new development kit called Gigabit SDN Development Kit, or “GSDK,” for entry-level SDN/OpenFlow network white boxes. According to the company, these boxes are equipped with gigabit Ethernet and 802.11n Wi-Fi.

This new development kit makes use of the Intel Atom processor C2000 family (formerly codenamed Rangeley) and LINC. This kit allows OEMs to easily develop emerging applications. The company also offers fully-productized network white boxes which come with goodies such as extended temperature, fanless and ruggedized SDN devices.

These white boxes are critical in the development of SDN as they help easily create new SDN applications outside the data centers. With this new kit, ADI Engineering will also help community, the company has claimed.

Equipped with features such as 8-core 2.4 GHz Intel Atom C2758 processor, 8x Gb Ethernet ports, 2x 10Gb Ethernet ports, 802.11n Wi-Fi AP and client functionality, GSDK also provides Open IP model of customer design ownership and production control.

“Software-defined networking is rapidly transforming the data center, but the SDN revolution has not yet reached the enterprise, embedded, or other entry-level markets,” said Steve Yates, president, founder and CTO of ADI Engineering. “ADI is changing that with its LINC-based development kits that enable SDN adoption outside the data center and deliver on the promise of SDN white boxes in innovative but underserved gigabit-class applications. While merchant silicon SDN switches are focused on 10G and above, the new Intel Atom C2758 is an ideal processor.”

In 2012, the company introduced its “Open IP” reference platforms and semi-custom OEM products for the Intel platform for communications infrastructure. These platforms are available in AdvancedTCA (ATCA), Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) and PCI Express form factors.

Edited by Rachel Ramsey

NFVZone Contributor

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