Network processor to deliver 400G, smarter and greener network experience

June 29, 2011 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Network processor to deliver 400G, smarter and greener network experience
Alcatel-Lucent has announced a new network processor that delivers a fourfold increase in performance over the fastest Internet Protocol (IP) networks available today. By supporting 400 Gigabits-per-second (G) transmission speeds, the FP3 processor opens up new possibilities for bandwidth-intensive services, applications and content, while cutting power consumption by up to 50 percent. The FP3 processor is being demonstrated today and will be commercially available in Alcatel-Lucent's service router portfolio in 2012.

The first of a new generation of IP routing technology, the FP3 processor is designed to address tomorrow's demand for ultra-high performance public and private IP networks. For example, a single FP3 processor could handle 70,000 simultaneous High Definition video streams or 8.4 million simultaneous retail cloud sessions.

"Alcatel-Lucent brings a wealth of experience and technical skill to the challenge of putting the next generation of silicon into their service routers," said Simon Stanley, Founder and Principal Consultant of Earlswood Marketing Limited. "The same engineers have moved through 10G to 100G and now to 400G. The result is a chipset which delivers the versatility of a programmable network processor and a massive increase in speed, without compromising on deep touch services."

Alcatel-Lucent is the first company to develop 400G technology for IP networks, helping to accelerate the adoption of 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GE), which was standardized in 2010, while providing a clear path for higher speeds in future. According to a recent forecast by Dell'Oro Group, 100GE port shipments from 2010 through 2015 are predicted to grow in excess of 200 percent annually.

"Alcatel-Lucent is showing its technology roots, recently with lightRadio™ for the wireless market and now with the FP3 400G network processor for IP routing," stated Michael Howard, Co-founder and Principal Analyst Carrier and Data Center Networks, Infonetics Research. "I'm impressed that any company could develop such a high capacity network processor, solving 400G in the electrical domain before the industry solves 400G for lightwaves. This 400G chipset is a generational advance that will improve router 100GE density/cost and will attract the eye of service providers."

Alcatel-Lucent has also taken an industry leadership role by driving an "ecosystem" of semiconductor partners including Samsung Semiconductor, NetLogic Microsystems, Micron, GSI Technology, Cypress and Broadcom to deliver complementary components that support the transition to ultra-fast, low power networks with deterministic performance.

FP3 technical capabilities include:

  • Industry's first 400G network processor
  • Supports
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