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ASOCS, eASIC Partner to Develop Custom NFV Acceleration Silicon

By Paula Bernier August 31, 2015

Better, faster, cheaper continues to be the mantra for IT and networking, even in relatively new areas such as network functions virtualization. ASOCS Ltd. and eASIC Corp. recently announced a partnership with a primary focus on faster.

The virtual base station and fabless semiconductor companies just revealed they have joined forces to develop a custom silicon device for the acceleration of network virtualization applications based on the eASIC Nextreme-3 platform.

“eASIC is the perfect hardware acceleration partner,” said ASOCS CEO Gilad Garon. “The unique single mask eASIC Platform provides us with the necessary performance-per-watt for acceleration needed to implement a virtual base station while meeting our stringent cost and time to market requirements.”

Cloud computing growth created the need for customized chips that make workloads and applications related to big data analytics, data centers, and security run faster, the companies noted.

The need to accelerate virtual network functions has resulted in more than one partnership, as eASIC and Intel in May came together to combine their respective platforms (the Xeon processor in Intel’s case) to develop new products.

And just last month, Dell announced it had certified 6WIND’s Virtual Accelerator as a standard product for its NFV Platform starter kit. Dell ran the 6WIND Virtual Accelerator on a Dell PowerEdge R630 rack mount server with a commercial OpenStack platform during the certification process.

HP has been working closely with 6Wind as well as Intel, which are leaders in DPDK, a technology that

In other recent acceleration action, Artesyn Embedded Technologies earlier this summer unveiled its MaxCore solution.

 “The modern microserver or small-bladed high-performance computing system has been dominated to date by the kind of dedicated appliances that our customers have told us they want to move away from,” Linsey Miller, the director of server acceleration marketing at Artesyn, said. “The new MaxCore platform brings the first open, standards-based option of its kind to market.”

Edited by Peter Bernstein

Executive Editor, TMC

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