East Coast Datacom
High end FPGA network emulators cost the tax payers and government contractors millions of dollars each year in custom hardware and maintenance contracts. The main reason an FPGA based tester is purchased is for line rate throughput packet performance on 10/100/1000, 10G and 40G test beds. This type of equipment costs between 40k-125k dollars per purchase, excluding costly yearly maintenance contracts. Unfortunately, the government has had few choices for this type of test equipment. Now, with the advent of new INTEL XEON multicore processors, INTEL's newly released 10/40GbE Ethernet NIC cards and the fast I/O net map framework, design engineers can for the first time obtain the throughput performance of an FPGA design with affordable COTS hardware.