EZchip unveiled the ".. NPS – Network Processor for Smart networks .. through its breakthrough architecture, NPS breaks the barriers imposed by traditional NPUs and CPUs. It enables extremely high-performance C-programmable layer 2-7 processing, and provides networking vendors with an architecture that scales as more advanced services at higher speeds are required over time".
"..Central to the NPS are its innovative CTOPs (C-programmable Task Optimized Processors). These processing engines build on EZchip’s extensive NPU experience and are designed specifically for data-plane processing. The optimized design allows the integration of 256 such processors, each with 16 threads, for a total of 4K virtual processing engines .. The NPS’ efficient design allows incorporating into the chip not only a great number of cores but also EZchip’s market-proven hardware traffic manager, a task optimized memory architecture, and numerous hardware accelerators for efficient table lookups, application recognition and security. The end result is a very powerful network processor with superior power efficiency and integration".
See "EZchip Introduces NPS, a New Breed of C-Programmable NPU that Enables the Next Wave of High-Performance Smart Carrier and Data-Center Networks" - here.