Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2011 17:04:24 +0900
"Alcatel-Lucent rolls 400 Gbit router chip"
"Alcatel-Lucent has designed a network processor capable of handling
400 Gbit/second data flows, twice the throughput of the best chip
from archrival Cisco. The FP3 will appear in edge routers in
mid-2012 and ultimately will spearhead the company's drive into core
"Cisco rolled out its 100-200 Gbit/s CRS-3 router chip in November.
It is said to have a next-generation chip in the works called
Pita with as many as 200 cores to handle 400 Gbit/s flows, and
Huawei is working on a similar chip due next year."
"The FP3 consists of three chips made in 40nm technology, a 288-core
packet processor, a traffic management chip and a fabric-access chip.
Together the three can handle up to 400 Gbits/s of raw data flow with
all inspection and management services enabled, consuming about
The cores used in the packet processor are based on the company's own
"The FP3 chips will first appear by next June in three line cards for
Alca-Lu's existing edge routers. One will support two 100 Gbit/s
Ethernet ports, another will support six 40G Ethernet ports and the
third will have 20 10G Ethernet ports.
The chips are already running on prototype line cards in the company's
labs where they are undergoing testing."
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