A day after it announced first revenue shipments for its first-generation XLP network processor, NetLogic Microsystems tipped details of its follow on, the XLP II. The new chip, sampling early next year, will make significant strides in several dimensions to serve performance-hungry systems such as LTE base stations and business network, storage and security applications.
The 28nm XLP II will pack 80 cores and run at 2.5 GHz, up from the prior 40nm chip that had 32 cores and ran at 2 GHz. The new chip delivers up to 100 Gbits/second in throughput and up to eight chips can be combined in a coherent multiprocessor system design, twice the number of chips previously supported. The XLP II is also NetLogic's first to add hardware support for virtualization.
"NetLogic is moving aggressively to 28nm technology ahead of the competition,” said Linley Gwennap, principal of market watcher The Linley Group (Mountain View, California), speaking in a NetLogic press statement. "The XLP II multi-core processor will deliver a sizeable leap in performance compared with today's popular XLP products,” said Gwennap. “In an industry with an insatiable demand for greater performance, the XLP II's scalability to eight sockets should keep it at the forefront of performance--no competing processor vendor provides scalability to this level of performance," he added.NetLogic estimates the XLP II will be in production about 6-12 months from when it starts sampling in the first quarter of 2012.