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16 May 2011
Xilinx, a vendor of programmable logic chips, is beefing up its communications business with the acquisition of Modelware, a supplier of intellectual property (IP) cores and reference designs for packet processing and traffic management.  The news comes just one month after the company bought packet transport start-up Omiino.
Xilinx says the acquisition is a “significant expansion” of its capabilities to deliver FPGA solutions optimised for packet processing, switching, traffic management and high-bandwidth, scalable traffic aggregation capabilities across the service provider, enterprise networking and data centre markets. 
The acquisition also adds powerful 100Gbps capabilities to the portfolio.  “Today, Modelware has the only FPGA-based IP capable of scaling to up to 100G and beyond, and running traffic rates at 150 million packets-per-second with 64B packet size on a single FPGA,” said the company in a statement.  In the same announcement, Xilinx unveiled what it claims is the industry’s first FPGA-based 100Gbps traffic management reference design.
“Essentially, we are providing customers with a one stop shop that can help them address high bandwidth challenges, million-connection-network needs, and enable system capabilities that satisfy evolving demands for quality of service,” said Krishna Rangasayee, corporate vice-president and general manager, Xilinx communications business unit.
By Pauline Rigby