Semiconductors and Components

Tabula Teams with Belfast Startup for Networking

06 November 2013

Ten-year-old FPGA company Tabula has teamed up with Titan IC Systems Ltd. to offer streaming content analysis products.

Titan IC (Belfast, Northern Ireland) has been offering licensable processors and boards loaded with processors implemented in FPGAs that provide such functions as regular expression processing and pattern matching. The ability to do this at high speed via a parallel architecture helps Titan IC to provide hardware for deep pack inspection, intrusion detection, URL filtering and similar applications.

Although Titan IC has produced variants of its processor cores for multiple FPGA families, including Altera and Xilinx, Tabula (Santa Clara, Calif.) and Titan IC are now partnering to deliver solutions for next-generation firewalls (NGFW) and software-defined networking (SDN) with line throughput rates for 40G and 100G networks. This will involve the implementation of Titan IC's Regular Expression Processor (RxP) on Tabula's ABAX2P1 chip.

The RxP core supports a database of up to 10,000 rules using ABAX2P1 on-chip caches or one million rules using optional, external DDR3 memory. It achieves this combination of high throughput and database depth by handling multiple characters and multiple regular expressions in parallel, including cross packet inspection. The core operates in an in-line or look-aside, accelerator role.

"Tabula is a leader in programmable, high-performance networking devices. Its Spacetime architecture enables the design of 12 and 24-port memories on chip, delivering unmatched embedded memory throughput and capacity, as well as a unique ability to support multiple 100G streams on a single device," said Godfrey Gaston, CEO of Titan IC, in a statement issued by Tabula.

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