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January 25, 2010

Exar unveils new PCI-Express applied services processors

Claims to offer customers encryption and compression offerings for platforms ranging from SOHO to enterprise markets

By CBR Staff Writer

Exar has unveiled the Hifn Technology 8200 series of PCI-Express Applied Services Processors (ASPs) for storage and networking applications. The 8200 series offers customers the encryption and compression offerings for platforms ranging from SOHO to enterprise markets.

The 8200 series processors offload the computationally intensive tasks necessary to compress, deduplicate, and secure data both in block form for storage applications and packet form for networking applications, the company claims.

The company said that the 8200 series architecture is capable of simultaneously encrypting, compressing, and hashing data at up to 750Mbytes/second, which would require multiple quad core, dual-threaded x86 processors to achieve the same level of performance.

According to Exar, the Hifn Technology 8200 series is comprised of four devices, 8201 with performance rate of up to 150Mbytes/sec and .6W power consumption ; 8202 with performance rate of up to 300Mbytes/sec and .8W power consumption; 8203 with up to 600Mbytes/sec and 1.2W power consumption; and 8204 with performance rate of up to 750Mbytes/sec and 1.9W power consumption.

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Alex Aali, director of marketing at Exar, said: The beauty of the 8200 series is the flexibility that it offers our customers. The 8200 series scales from cost-sensitive applications like SOHO NAS platforms, to enterprise class storage and networking platforms. The breadth of products and ability to scale to multi-chip configurations allow for a wide range of options.

The samples of all four devices as well as evaluation cards are available with general availability of the series scheduled for March, 2010.

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