BittWare and nCk Research Collaborate to Announce an FPGA-based 100G Network Packet Broker with PCAP Filtering at RSA Conference

Live demo on Booth S326 shows bi-directional 100G intercept with filtering at full line rate and control via PCIe.

BittWare, a premier board supplier for over 25 years, has collaborated with nCk Research, an innovative supplier of FPGA IP, to announce a 100G Network Packet Broker with PCAP Filtering today at the RSA Conference. Implemented on BittWare’s XUSP3S PCIe board featuring Xilinx’s UltraScale Virtex FPGA, a live demo (on booth S326) of an application board showcases bi-directional 100G brokering/intercept with filtering at full line rate. Many packet broker systems use PCAP processing expressions, but the point-to-point fabric from nCk Research is the first in the industry to optimize user inputs before loading resource settings into registers in the FPGA. This allows more rules to be packed into a smaller space and increases packet processing efficiency. In addition to filters, the packet broker IP also provides configurable support for RMON1, line rate policies, aggregation, decimation, and de-duplication.

Backward compatible with 10G/40G, the XUSP3S with nCk’s IP supports up to 4x 100G ports and/or up to 16x 10/25G ports on each board, and can be configured to implement any combination in between, thus allowing users to deploy with some 10G today and easily upgrade to all 100G in the field. Up to 8 XUSP3S application cards can be installed in a BittWare TeraBox 4U rackmount system to handle up to 32x 100G ports and/or up to 128x 10/25G ports, allowing users to build virtually any packet processing solution with nCk network IP libraries; coupled with an optional PCIe DMA or NIC interface, it arguably becomes the most feature rich packet processing appliance in the industry.

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10/25/40/100G Ethernet Filter IP Core for FPGA
10/25/40/100G Packet Broker with PCAP Filtering

“We’re pleased to be able to work with nCk to add innovative and comprehensive application IP to our already well established FPGA platforms,” said Ron Huizen, Vice President of Systems & Solutions at BittWare. “Their advanced filter IP component lets programmers use standard PCAP syntax to filter packets at full 100G line rate, and they can modify the filters on the fly- without having to reconfigure the FPGA. This, combined with nCk’s other packet processing IP running on the most advanced FPGAs in the world, creates a compelling solution.”

“FPGAs are the ideal choice for 100G at full line rate, and we’re pleased to be able to partner with BittWare to build on their best-in-class FPGA platforms,” said Matthew Chabot, President of nCk Research. “Their XUSP3S UltraScale board with support for quad 100G is a perfect fit.”

Packet Broker with PCAP Filtering IP & Appliance Pricing and Availability
Available for purchase now as demonstrated, please contact BittWare for pricing.

About nCk Research

nCk Research provides innovative solutions to network access and visibility issues for networks ranging from small workgroups all the way through large enterprise datacenters. The company’s products boast some of the highest port and feature densities in the industry allowing for large scale reductions in occupied rackspace and power consumption. The company’s experience designing Ethernet access switches and aggregation products gives it the background to help its customers with any data interconnect solution.

About BittWare, Inc.

For over 25 years, BittWare has designed and deployed high-end network processing, signal processing, and high performance computing platforms that significantly reduce technology risk and time-to revenue for our OEM customers. Our products utilize the latest FPGA technologies on industry-standard COTS form factors, including PCIe, and are available either as boards or in systems. We also provide a great deal of value-add with IP, software, support, and services. When customer requirements make it difficult to use industry-standard boards, BittWare can provide modified solutions and/or licensed designs. For more information on BittWare and its innovative FPGA platform solutions, visit

Contact Information

BittWare, Inc.

45 South Main Street
Concord, NH, 03301

tele: 603.226.0404 x541
fax: 603.226.6667

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