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

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

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By eeNews Europe

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 IP routing with full range of business, residential and mobile edge services
  • Accelerates time to market for high-density 100G line card designs
  • Highly integrated design reduces overall memory requirements
  • Granular power management in 10G increments reduces overall power consumption by up to 50 percent per bit
  • Leverages existing 40nanometer manufacturing process to reduce risk
  • FP-3 based line cards for the 7750 SR will be commercially available in 2-port 100GE, 6-port 40GE, and 20-port 10GE configurations in 2012

Alcatel-Lucent’s vision of the High Leverage Network™ (HLN) is focused on addressing the exploding demand for broadband capacity and services, making it easier for service providers able to capitalize on the new demands of an always-on world.

The FP3 network processor plays an important role in this vision, enabling service providers to increase capacity, reduce costs and develop new revenue opportunities. The fourfold increase in performance, with no compromise on service quality will allow service providers to use their networks to deliver new broadband services, content and applications with improved reliability, more sustainably. The FP3 processor will be at the heart of Alcatel-Lucent’s high-performance IP service routing portfolio, from metro to edge to the core of the HLN architecture.

In order to deliver a fourfold improvement in speed, reduce power consumption and avoid compromising on service scale and quality, the FP3 processor requires predictable or deterministic access to memory at unprecedented speeds.

In addition to developing its own technology solutions, Alcatel-Lucent is driving semiconductor industry leaders including Samsung Semiconductor, NetLogic Microsystems, Micron, GSI Technology, Cypress, Broadcom and others to push the envelope of innovation on high-speed DDR (double data rate), RLDRAM (Reduced-latency Dynamic random access memory), CAM (Content Addressable memory) and QDR (Quad Data Rate) memory and memory access, enabling the industry to accelerate adoption of 100G speeds and beyond.

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