Ample Communications' latest device, the Redhawk, is a two-port 10-Gbit/s Ethernet intelligent MAC with embedded XFI SerDes, and multiprotocol congestion management technology. The product has been incorporated onto an evaluation platform that provides a dual-port card that can be used either as a full rate, one- or two-port 10-Gbit/s Ethernet system, or as a dual-port oversubscribed system with statistical multiplexing. Two Redhawks can also be cascaded with this evaluation platform to demonstrate a four-port oversubscribed 10 Gigabit Ethernet solution. The evaluation platform lets customers evaluate network side XFP, XENPAK, and X2 optics as well as XAUI and SPI-4.2 system side interfaces.
The Redhawk 10 Gigabit Ethernet evaluation platform offers system-side footprint compatibility with the company's existing SPI-4.2 based network interface cards, giving customers the flexibility to develop a system for multi-rate Ethernet applications just by changing the interface card. The cards use a standard PCI or a USB interface for control. With USB connectivity, the Redhawk evaluation platform can be used in a standalone evaluation mode and is an excellent solution for interoperability testing and rapid prototyping platform development. More information is available at www.amplecomm.com.