Product Description

For designers of communications equipment whose network processing requirements extend beyond simple forwarding, the NFP-32xx delivers high performance packet processing with intelligence, security and virtualization for millions of simultaneous flows. Unlike network processors and multicore CPUs that lack L4-L7 programmability or cannot scale to 10 Gbps and beyond, the NFP-32xx is powered by 40 programmable flow processing cores that deliver 2,000 instructions and 50 flow operations per packet at 30 million pps, enabling up to 40Gbps of L2-L7 processing.

Product Highlights NFP-3240

  • 70-million enqueue/dequeue packet operations per second
  • More than 70 Gbps of total memory bandwidth
  • SRAM with support for more than 300 MQOps (queuing operations/second)
  • Source-code and backward compatibility with Intel® IXP28XX microengines
  • High-performance solution with low power consumption for a broad range of L2-L7 applications
  • Delivering up to 30 Mpps/20 Gbps packet forwarding, policing, scheduling, queue management
  • Enhanced flow processing cores (v2.7) derived from Intel microengine version (v2.6)
  • 40 fully programmable flow processing cores with eight threads each running up to 1.4GHz.
  • High-speed PCIe 2.0 interface to multicore x86 or external control plane processor
  • Standards-based interfaces for easy integration (e.g., QDRII, DDR3, PCIe 2.0, XAUI, Interlaken)
  • Integrated cryptography engine
  • High-performance 32-bit ARM11

Power Supply Voltages

  • ME Vdd Voltage, 1.125V±3%
  • ARM11 Core Vdd Voltage, 1.05V±3%
  • The memory I/O Voltage, 1.5V±5%
  • GEN-II PCIe I/O Voltage, 1.0V±3%
  • SPI4.2 I/O Voltage, 2.5V±5%
  • Interlaken Voltage, 1.0V±3%


  • Over 40 Gbps wire-speed programmable stateful flow and packet processing
  • 56 billion instructions per second
  • 30M packets per second
  • 1,800 instructions per packet
  • 1.84 billion instructions per watt

Package Information

  • 1932 Ball (45mmx45mm) Flip Chip Ball Grid Array (FCBGA)
  • 1mm solder ball pitch
  • 6/6 RoHS-compliant Solution


  • TCAM, up to 36Mb TCAM
  • SRAM, up to 32MB @ 300Mhz
  • DDR3 DRAM, up to 8GB


  • 40W (average)
  • 65W (maximum)

Operating Temperature

  • 0-70°C ambient


  • Comprehensive software and hardware development tools
  • Comprehensive library of application software building blocks

Research Interests:

  • Virus signatures – Study and analysis.
  • Network attacks – Known attacks – Identifying and alerting, creating statistics.
  • Network attacks – Behavioral pattern matching to estimate possible new threats.

Real Time & Forensic – Applications and Services

  • Monitoring the high speed network traffic.
  • Developing own pattern of traffic with API calls.
  • Enables us to understand protocols practically.
  • To study various protocol traffic patterns.
  • To have in-depth analysis of all protocols.
  • To create sessions and perform session reconstruction of analyzed protocols.
  • Vast scope for Research and Development in Protocols using API calls.
  • API-calls serve us to build our own application.

Flow Processor

  • NFP-3240 operating at up to 1.4Ghz

Programmable Processing Cores

  • 40 multi-threaded flow processing cores operating at up to 1.4 GHz
  • 320 threads
  • Microengine v2.7 (8k instructions or 16k shared between 2 MEs; 1k-word local memory)
  • ARM11 core @ 700MHz, 500MHz and 325MHz/32-bit data path

Hardware Accelerators

  • 20 Gbps cryptography block for DES, 3DES, AES, SHA-1 and SHA-2 algorithms
  • PKI engine, 20K RSA ops (1024-bit keys).

Flexible High Bandwidth Interfaces

  • SPI-4 Phase 2 @ 250-500MHz (622-1,000 MTs) with 16-bit LVDS (dual-edge) signaling
  • XAUI interface @ 3.125GHz for 4 lanes supporting 10 Gbps operation
  • Interlaken interface @ 6.25GHz per lane (each of the 4 lanes supports 3.125-6.375GHz operation)
  • 1x PCIe Gen2 x8


  • SRAM interface (QDR) (two channels) with peak bandwidth of 2GBytes/sec per channel using 250MHz SRAMs (1GByte/sec Read, 1GByte/security)
  • DDR3 DRAM (two channels) with peak bandwidth 8.5GBytes/sec (68.2 Gbps) for 64-bit channel

NFE-3240 Features

  • Up to 40 flow processing cores
  • OpenFlow 1.3 support with 42 match fields
  • OVS 2.0 acceleration
  • Packet classification and filtering
  • Stateful flow analysis and action processing for up to 8 million flows in hardware
  • Hardware-based cryptography and PKI operations
  • Extremely low latency
  • I/O virtualization
  • Packet timestamping with 11ns accuracy
  • GPS time synchronization
  • Dynamic load balancing to parallelize application performance
  • Layer 2 switching
  • Layer 3 routing
  • Network address and port translation (NAPT)
  • Full programming flexibility to support network or protocol changes
  • APIs controlling flow processing cores


  • PCIe Gen2 interface x 8 offering up to 40 Gbps of bandwidth to the x86

Network Interfaces

  • 2x10GigE, SFP+
  • 6x1GigE, RJ-45

Operating Systems:

  • Ubuntu Server LTS 64-bit (currently 12.04)
  • CentOS 6.x 64-bit

Compatible Hardware Platforms:

  • NFP-3200 acceleration platforms
  • Intel Xeon host CPUs (PCIe Gen2 and Gen3)
  • AMD host CPUs (PCIe Gen2 and Gen3)


  • 20 users license with speed support up to 6Gbps.
  • 8 users license with speed support up to 100Mbps.
Sl No.Sample Experiments for students ( available with SDK library and Source code)
1Display all packets (irrespective of Transport Protocol) in a table format.
2Display all TCP packets in a table format.
3Display all UDP packets in a table format.
4Display all TCP packets in a table format.
5Display all SMTP packets in a complete packet format..
6Display all POP3 packets in a table format.
7Display all HTTP packets in a table format.
8Display list of all captured IPv4 addresses being monitored.
9Display list of all captured IPv4 addresses using HTTP services.
10Display all packets (irrespective of Transport Protocol) in a complete packet format.
11Display all TCP packets in a complete packet format.
12Display all UDP packets in a complete packet format.
13Display all packets with layer wise information display ( TCP/IP model based)
14Display a Flow Analysis of TCP Handshake mechanism.
15VoIP Analysis using SIP/RTP protocols and performs VoIP session reconstruction.
16Deep Packet Inspection techniques to detect XSS, SQLI vulnerabilities.
17IP Trace back to map an IPv4 addresses to Geo locations.
18Deep Packet Inspection techniques to detect Flow based Application protocols.
19Pattern matching filter for the analyzed and reconstructed sessions (HTTP, SMTP, POP3).
20Detect IPv4 addresses from the session reconstructed data of POP3 mail containing details of Origin, Receiver and Proxies involved.