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NP-5 Network Processor

240-Gigabit Network Processor for Carrier Ethernet Applications


EZchip's NP-5 is a highly-flexible network processor with integrated traffic management targeting Carrier Ethernet Switches and Routers (CESR) and other Carrier Ethernet platforms that require high performance, flexible packet processing and fine-grained traffic management.

NP-5 highlights include:
  • 240Gbps wire-speed network processor aimed at Carrier Ethernet applications
  • Integrated 240Gbps traffic management providing granular bandwidth control
  • Up to 480Gbps peak processing data path and CoS classification
  • Suited for line card, services card and pizza box applications
  • On-chip control CPU for host CPU offload
  • Power management for minimizing line card and system power dissipation
  • Operations, Administration and Management (OAM) processing offload
  • Synchronous Ethernet and IEEE1588v2 offload for Circuit Emulation Services
  • IP reassembly for advanced packet processing offload
  • Integrated serial interfaces with support for 64x1GE, 48x10GE, 12x40GE and 4x100GE
  • Utilizing DDR3 DRAM memory chips for minimizing power and cost
  • Software compatible with EZchipís NP-4 network processor


NP-5ís flexibility and integration allows system vendors to deliver cost effective solutions that can easily adapt to changing market requirements. Typical applications include:


Line cards in modular chassis: Stand-alone pizza box solutions:
  • Metro Switches
  • Edge and Core Routers
  • Data Center Switches
  • 3G/4G Wireless Infrastructure Equipment
  • Ethernet Aggregation Nodes
  • Multi-10Gbps Firewalls & VPN
  • Intrusion Detection Appliances
  • Server Load Balancing Switches
  • Network Monitoring and Analysis Services


120GE network interfaces and dual Interlaken interconnect; wire speed:

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240GbE to 160GbE; oversubscribed:

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2x100GE network interface and dual Interlaken interconnect; oversubscribed:

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12x 10GE and 3x 40GE network interfaces pizza box:

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64xGE and 100GE network interface pizza box:

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NP-5 Product Brief


EZchip NP-5 photo