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So you want to design a 10 million gate asic. Do you feel lucky? Because you either need that luck or a farm of Linux PCs, access to millions of dollars in design tools and some people who have gone through the pain before.

For those pursuing the disaggregation of design -foundries, some of the large IDMs, even the EMS companies-we believe this fits very well in collaborating and partnering with those kinds of offerings, and in fact [we] are doing some of that today,” he said.

Silverback argue that general purpose processors simply applied to networking cannot compete with well-mapped and enhanced multi-processor architectures. The company states that its iSNAP processor achieves its level of performance through the use of such techniques as header-data splitting, multiple queue management, full TCP termination, protocol data unit awareness, and hardware acceleration for fixed tasks such as data integrity and statistics collection.