Communication network having modular switches that enhance data throughput

  • US 6,788,701 B1
  • Filed: 05/14/1999
  • Issued: 09/07/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/14/1999
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A switch comprising:

  • a traffic manager which dispatches a series of read operations to a memory coupled within a data flow path, wherein the memory includes a source address and a destination address of a pair of network nodes routably coupled within the data flow path;

    an input port and an output port, wherein the memory comprises packets of data dispatched from the input port; and

    a decoder coupled to the input port for decoding only a single field of bits within a plurality of fields which comprise the destination address.

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