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Silicon & Software Systems (S3) Announces An Application Reference Board For The IBM PowerNPTM NP4GS3 Network Processor

    Dublin, Ireland (ots) - Silicon & Software Systems (S3) today announced a low-cost Application Reference Board for Network Processing applications. The PCI plug-in Application Reference Board is based on the IBM PowerNP™ NP4GS3 Network Processor. The board, with its associated development support, enables Network Equipment Providers to rapidly develop advanced Network Processor (NP) applications utilizing the benefits of the IBM PowerNP™ NP4GS3 device and S3's in-depth network processing systems knowledge. The PCI based form factor of the board offers users a choice of development environment based on either an industry standard PC or any other PCI based system. S3 and IBM Microelectronics have cooperated closely to create this comprehensive development environment, which also includes technical support offerings from S3 as part of the package. In addition, the board can readily be customized by S3 for volume production, offering customers a fast route to market for IBM PowerNP™ based systems.

    S3 has also announced today a series of Vertical Reference Applications (VRAs) for use with this Application Reference Board. These customizable applications address Server Load balancing Switches and Provider Edge MPLS VPN routers. S3 will complement these offerings with a range of consultancy and implementation services via its recently established Network Processing Solutions Center.

    Bernard Neeson, S3's VP Sales & Business Development said "The S3 Application Reference Board addresses a critical need in the expanding NP market. It provides an advanced, low-cost development environment making it feasible for development engineers to each have their own dedicated NP-based workstation. Working closely with IBM, S3 have created this innovative enabling technology by leveraging our Network Processing Systems knowledge, our unique combination of in-house design capabilities and our customizable IP."

    Steve Longoria IBM Director of Network Processor Enablement stated "IBM and S3 have been cooperating in developing Network Processing since 2000. This new Application Reference Board addresses a key constraint that customers have identified to us in the rollout of NP Applications - namely the high cost of development systems. IBM and S3 have worked together to bring this innovative product to market. We expect that it will significantly accelerate the roll out of IBM PowerNP™ NP4GS3 based systems in the market."

    The Application Reference Board is available for immediate shipment. Please contact us at the following e-mail address: or for more information visit our Website.

    About Silicon & Software Systems Ltd. (S3):

    Silicon & Software Systems Ltd. (S3) is an established Electronics Design Company. S3 was founded in Dublin, Ireland in 1986 and now employs 400 people in six design centers located in Ireland, Poland and the Czech Republic. S3 specializes in System Level Design and Integration in three market areas; Communications Infrastructure, Digital Consumer and Wireless Systems.

    S3's unique strength is based on its state-of-the-art capabilities in System level, IC, software and hardware design. This unique skill-set is augmented by an extensive portfolio of domain-specific knowledge and customizable IP.

    S3 is an established designer of Network Processor based solutions and is an active contributor to the NP Forum (and a founder member of CPIX). S3 combines its application frameworks and systems expertise, with its strong partnerships with Network Processor vendors, Software vendors, ASIC vendors and Foundries to deliver complete solutions.

    Over the past 15 years S3 has successfully completed a range of substantial projects in the Communications Infrastructure area for an established base of Semiconductor Companies and Network Equipment Providers. Approximately 50% of clients are U.S. based with the remainder based in Europe.

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Martin McKenna
Silicon & Software Systems
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Bernard Neeson
Silicon & Software Systems
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