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Press Release -- June 21st, 2011
Source: Acme Packet
Tags: Ethernet, Exchange, Expansion

Acme Packet enhances Net-Net 3820 and 4500 platforms with hardware-based transcoding and enhanced traffic control options

1RU systems deliver high-end capabilities to accelerate next-generation services and applications for enterprises and small to mid-sized service providers

BEDFORD, MA, JUNE 21, 2011 — Acme Packet® (NASDAQ: APKT), the leader in session delivery network solutions, today announced the Transcoding Network Interface Unit (NIU) and Enhanced Traffic Control (ETC) NIU, which are two new options for its widely-deployed Net-Net 3820 and 4500 platforms. The Transcoding NIU introduces feature-rich, hardware-based transcoding to Acme Packet’s 1 Rack Unit (1RU) platform family, while the ETC NIU is a new high-performance multi-processor NIU that offers advanced encryption and packet processing. Both NIUs also feature on-board QoS monitoring and reporting and four 1Gbps Ethernet interfaces, enabling a combination of advanced functionality, performance and capacity not typically found in low to mid-range session border controller (SBC) platforms.

“The proliferation of new codecs used in next-generation IP services, applications and devices is driving the need for all of our platforms to support high-performance transcoding,” said Seamus Hourihan, senior vice president of marketing and product management for Acme Packet. “The Transcoding NIU, along with the new ETC NIU, extends our 1RU platforms with the capabilities of our high-end, chassis-based systems.”

Net-Net 3820/4500 Transcoding NIU

The growing number of end-to-end IP communications applications and services is driving the need for both service providers and enterprises to reduce costs and maximize session quality by normalizing and simplifying communication flows across IP network borders. Acme Packet’s Transcoding NIU for the Net-Net 3820 and 4500 addresses small to mid-level sized business requirements to translate between the increasingly diverse codecs used by today’s expanding range of IP communications end points.

The Transcoding NIU enables next-generation services and applications such as high-definition (HD) voice, bandwidth-optimized SIP trunking and IP toll-free services for enterprises and small to mid-sized service providers, who require high-end transcoding performance and functionality at lower capacities. The Transcoding NIU features include:

  • A highly scalable modular architecture for pay-as-you-grow transcoding capacity;
  • Hardware digital signal processors (DSPs) that support a broad range of codecs and transcoding features;
  • Support for up to 7200 transcoded sessions per 1RU system;
  • SFP-compatible 1Gbps Ethernet interfaces for fiber optic or copper network connectivity;
  • Integrated hardware for QoS monitoring and reporting.

With the addition of the Transcoding NIU, the Net-Net 3820 and 4500 platforms now deliver integrated, high-performance, IP-to-IP optimized transcoding that also leverages Acme Packet’s industry-leading SBC functionality to include powerful codec management policies, flexible transcoding deployment models and a dynamic DSP reservation and utilization architecture that efficiently allocates system-wide transcoding resources.

Net-Net 3820/4500 Enhanced Traffic Control (ETC) NIU

With service providers facing explosive growth in the adoption of end-to-end IP services, and the use of mobile handsets for those services in particular, network and system capacity are an ongoing concern for network architects and planners. Next-generation applications, such as hosted unified communications and the GSMA’s enhanced Rich Communications Suite (RCS-e), leverage protocols such as TCP, SIP-TLS, SRTP and/or IPsec for security and reliability. Additionally, because SIP-TLS and SRTP are more power-efficient than IPsec, which helps extend mobile handset battery life, service providers are more likely to utilize those protocols.

To address the need for higher TCP, TLS and SRTP capacity, Acme Packet is introducing the ETC NIU for its Net-Net 3820 and 4500 platforms. The ETC NIU delivers the following capabilities:

  • Multi-processor design for CPU offload from processor-intensive tasks such as SRTP encryption, SIP-TLS termination and encryption, IPsec encryption and TCP termination;
  • More than 300% increase in the number of supported SIP-TLS connections;
  • 400-500% increase in the number of supported SRTP call legs;
  • SFP-compatible 1Gbps Ethernet interfaces for fiber optic or copper network connectivity;
  • Integrated hardware for QoS monitoring and reporting.

The ETC NIU boosts the overall system performance of the Net-Net 3820 and 4500 through its advanced design and capabilities. Its extensible multi-core, multi-processor architecture is also capable of supporting additional applications as new requirements emerge.

About Acme Packet

Acme Packet (NASDAQ: APKT), the leader in session delivery network solutions, enables the trusted, first-class delivery of next-generation voice, data and unified communications services and applications across IP networks. Our Net-Net product family fulfills demanding security, service assurance and regulatory requirements in service provider, enterprise and contact center networks. Based in Bedford, Massachusetts, Acme Packet designs and manufactures its products in the USA, selling them through over 140 reseller partners worldwide. More than 1,350 customers in 105 countries have deployed over 12,000 Acme Packet systems, including 90 of the top 100 service providers and 32 of the Fortune 100. For more information visit

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