network processor

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network processor

A programmable CPU chip optimized for networking and communications functions. The network processor is programmed to perform the required packet processing and offers vendors an alternative for building routers, switches and access devices rather than designing a custom chip (see ASIC). MMC Networks coined the term in 1997.
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The center will also provide porting and customization of vertically tailored Wind River products, including Tornado(R) for Managed Switches and Tornado for Home Gateways, to Intel networking processors.
Softcom Microsystems -- the three-time award winning start up -- today announced the rollout of its P3, Power Provisioning Processor Family of Networking Processors.
Softcom Microsystems pioneered the first real network processor, and is the leading vendor in the combined networking and semiconductor industries to produce both Networking Processors and Internet Acceleration Subsystems based on Networking Processor technology.

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