Centec Networks Unveils Ethernet Switching Silicon for 5G Transport and Edge Computing Networks

Centec Networks, a innovator of Ethernet switching silicon and SDN white box solutions, has announced the TsingMa CTC7132 system-on-chip (SoC) device, its sixth-generation switching silicon that is designed to help fuel the transformation from 4G to 5G deployment and from traditional cloud computing to edge computing with optimized cost, power, performance and features, the company said.

The TsingMa devices deliver significant benefits to infrastructure builders and solution providers, including:

End-to-End Tunnel Security: The TsingMa switch´s built-in security engine extends the ASE256-based encryption algorithm beyond point-to-point MACSec functionality to such tunnel payloads as VXLAN-based packets. It also implements Control and Provisioning of Wireless Access Points (CAPWAP)-based Datagram Transport Layer Security (DTLS) encryption to ensure end-to-end tunnel security. The switch supports these and other service-aware CloudSec functions across any IP network without sacrificing performance and latency.

Deep-State Telemetry and Visibility: The TsingMa chip supports extensive network telemetry and visibility on both a packet basis and at the session level. With its integrated on-chip telemetry engine, the switch collects real-time deep-state statistics information for individual packets and sessions. In addition, forwarding behavior along with the other metadata such as minimum delay, maximum delay, and both minimum and maximum jitter can be collected in the telemetry engine for each session.

Deterministic Low Latency: Support for the latest Precision Time Protocol (PTP)/1588SyncE mechanism for enhanced synchronization accuracy so the TsingMa switch can meet the more stringent delay requirement for 5G and edge computing. Additionally, Centec´s proprietary X-PIPE innovation gives the TsingMa device near-deterministic low latency for applications such as 5G fronthaul.

Flexible Tunnel Programmability: TsingMa supports flexible tunnel programmability for the identification, en-capsulation/de-capsulation and editing behavior of extensive tunnels, such as Point to Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPPoE) and General Packet Radio Service Tunneling Protocol (GTP), to further integrate router functions to address the key requirements of flexibility, convergence and low latency of 5G and edge computing networks.

Centec Networks provides innovative switching silicon and white box solutions that improve SDN deployment while empowering it for carrier, enterprise and data center networks. Leveraging a high-performance open SDN architecture, Centec enables seamless migration from the traditional L2, L3 and MPLS/MPLS-TP architecture to the new SDN era while solving some of SDN´s biggest challenges. Centec and its customers are redefining the future of network switching. For more details, visit the Centec website at http://www.centecnetworks.com.