WinPath3 along with its enhanced carrier-grade software extends the proven PMC-Sierra product formula of complete protocol solutions to a significantly higher level of performance.WinPath3 integrates control plane and enhanced data plane processing components. Control plane processing is based on two high performance MIPS 34K multi-threaded processors.Data plane processing uses new hardware accelerators for packet classification, hierarchical shaping, additional security standards and more which have been added to off-load common processing tasks. These accelerators are flexibly combined with PMC-Sierra's field-proven, fully-programmable, high performance, multi-threaded WinComm multi-core data path processor subsystem. The available number of cores in WinComm has increased from six to twelve along with increases in operating speed.WinPath3 has been designed for a straightforward upgrade of WinPath2 applications while providing significant capabilities for the next generation of access systems. Building on a base of existing applications yields a minimum of design risk, short time-to-market and lowered cost for new or migrated systems.