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Network Processor Product Line For Home And SMEs

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Intel Announces First Network Processor Product Line For
Home And Small To Medium Enterprise Applications

Expanded Product Line Provides Choice of Integrated Data, Voice and
Security Features for WiFi and Wired Applications

Intel Corporation has introduced three new network processors that address the needs of many wired and wireless applications for the home, small office/home office (SOHO) and small- to medium-enterprise (SME) market segments.

The new Intel® IXP420, IXP421, IXP422 network processors provide developers with a choice of integrated data, voice and security features to meet the requirements of high-performance, cost-sensitive applications. With their Intel® XScale™ core, these processors combine performance headroom to support rich application services with the time-to-market benefits of a common architecture.

The Intel® IXP4XX product line provides equipment makers with a wide range of WAN and LAN interfaces for a variety of applications. The IXP422 network processor is designed for residential gateways, wireless access points and SME routers and switches, including support for cryptography. The IXP421 network processor enables data plus Voice over IP (VoIP) applications and the IXP420 network processor is optimised for broadband access applications such as home gateways and SOHO routers used with external modems.

“Intel continues to focus on providing network processor solutions that are increasingly cost effective and power efficient for our customer’s applications and that extend from home and small office equipment to service providers’ core switching equipment,” said Nick Finamore, general manager, Intel Network Processor Division. “In addition, we continue to expand our extensive ecosystem of complementary products through the Intel® Communications Alliance (ICA). Complementary silicon, operating systems, development tools and application solutions are increasingly available from members of the alliance.”
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The Intel IXP4XX product line is already being adopted by network equipment providers like Linksys*, a developer of secure and high performance wireless devices for business and hot spot environments.

“Today we are announcing a new generation of Linksys* Wireless Access Points for small/medium business (SMB) users based on the IXP422 and as the leader in wireless networking solutions for the home, SOHO and SMB environments, we believe the IXP422’s combination of high performance, scalability, and cost effectiveness can help Linksys extend our leadership with an advanced line of SMB wireless products,” said Victor Tsao, president and CEO, Linksys. “A key benefit of the Intel product line is that we were able to start developing products last fall around the Intel® IXP425 network processor knowing that the IXP422 would be both hardware-and software-compatible and that we could go into volume production quickly when the IXP422 was available.”

D-Link, leading designer-manufacturer of broadband, networking, voice and data communications solutions, also uses Intel’s IXP 4XX network processor product line for its wireless access point products.

"With the high performance, scalability and integration that Intel’s IXP 4XX network processor brings, D-Link is able to deliver cutting edge technology and cost effectiveness to the wireless consumer market segment," said Michael Du, Sr. Director of D-Link Cooperation.

Rich Development Environment
Intel also announced it is working with Microsoft* Corp. on porting the Windows* CE .NET embedded operating system onto the Intel IXP425 network processor.

“The combination of the Intel IXP425 network processor and Windows CE .NET is a compelling and rich platform for OEM customers that need to get their next generation of smart, small footprint networked devices, such as residential gateways and VoIP phones, to market quickly.” said Todd Warren, general manager of the Embedded and Appliance Platforms Group at Microsoft.
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About IDF
The Intel Developer Forum is the technology industry's premier event for hardware and software developers. Held worldwide throughout the year, IDF brings together key industry players to discuss cutting-edge technology and products for PCs, servers, communications equipment, and handheld clients. For more information on IDF and Intel technology, visit

Intel, the world’s largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at

* Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.
Intel, IXP and XScale family are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.


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