WIN Enterprises Introduces WIN SoNIC, based on the Intel Platform for Communications Infrastructure

Intel announced the Next Generation Communications Platform today (10/23/12). WIN SoNIC is a hardware instantiation of the Intel platform from WIN Enterprises.

WIN SoNIC PCIe Network Preprocessing Board
WIN SoNIC PCIe Network Preprocessing Board

NORTH ANDOVER, MA, October 23, 2012: WIN Enterprises, Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of embedded controllers and platforms for OEMs, announces the WIN SoNIC network acceleration board. WIN SoNIC is an instantiation of the Intel platform for communications infrastructure, formerly codenamed “Crystal Forest.”


 Supports 32nm Intel® Xeon® processor E3-1125 or Intel® Core™ processor i3-2115 with 2 or 4 cores

 Supports the Intel® Communications Chipset 89xx series with Intel® QuickAssist™ technology

 Supports dual 10 GbE optical LAN with modular expansion to 100 GbE

The WIN SoNIC (System-on-NIC) uses software from Wind River and other Intel® Intelligent Systems Alliance members to consolidate network workloads through integrated data preprocessing, deep packet inspection, crypto acceleration, and dual 10 GbE optical LAN capabilities which will be expandable to 100 GbE.

WIN SoNIC is a standard half-length PCIe card that connects to network servers through a PCIe slot to enable significant performance improvements in broadband networking. In addition, a consistent platform is provided that is easier to maintain and upgrade as broadband networking requirements inevitably increase.

The Intel® platform for communications infrastructure and WIN SoNIC board consolidate key networking workloads to enable faster, more efficient processing in the Application, Control and Packet/Content planes of the network. WIN SoNIC supports the 32nm Intel® Xeon® processor E3-1125 or Intel® Core™ processor i3-2115 with 2 or 4 cores and HyperThreading Technology -- one of the CPU families compatible with the Intel Communications Chipset 89xx series.

The Intel® Communications Chipset 89xx series supports the preprocessor. This versatile chipset integrates Intel® QuickAssist™ Technology to accelerate cryptographic, data compression, and pattern matching services. WIN SoNIC augments the platform specification by providing the Intel® 82599ES 10 Gigabit Ethernet Controller with dual 10GbE optical LAN ports. WIN SoNIC provides the OEM with a range of SFP-based I/O options for SFP+ optical port connectivity through PCIe x8 and LAN expansion modules to 100GbE.


The Intel® Data Plane Development Kit (Intel® DPDK) helps speed the OEM’s time-to-market by enabling the rapid development of mid-ware or layered software for server platforms based on the Intel platform for communications infrastructure. It is also used to port applications such as deep-packet inspection to Intel® architecture-based platforms like WIN SoNIC.

Wind River® offers the WindRiver® Linux developed with the Intel DPDK. This software is highly optimized for multi-core environments to deliver maximum data throughput and packet processing intelligence. WIN SoNIC can be used with the Wind River Linux, plus software developed by 6WIND, Radisys, and Tieto Corporation, specifically for the Intel platform.

About WIN Enterprises

WIN Enterprises is a product development company that designs and manufactures customized x86-based embedded systems and motherboards.

Founded in 1991, WIN Enterprises develops reference designs for leading microprocessor companies, as well as customized set-top boxes, rack-mounted appliances, and other electronic products for its OEM customers.

WIN Enterprises is an Affiliate Member of the Intel® Intelligent Systems Alliance, a global ecosystem of 200+ member companies that provide the performance, connectivity, manageability, and security developers need to create smart, connected systems.