Communications equipment manufacturers are facing a classic "good news, bad news" situation with the dramatic increase in investment in packet-based networks around the world. The good news, of course, is that this increase in investment means more business. The bad news is that equipment manufacturers must meet a wide range of Internet protocol (IP) quality of service (QoS) requirements due to regional and technology differences among the service providers deploying the networks. Successful manufacturers will be those who can build solutions that not only meet today's needs, but that can be adapted to evolving standards and requirements. By using an FPGA-based silicon technology to enforce IP QoS, manufacturers can deliver to service providers the ability to customize services to specific markets as they meet the changing needs of their customers.