Sunday, February 24, 2008

Cisco Announces 40-Core "QuantumFlow" Processor

Cisco disclosed plans for a programmable processor that packs 40 cores on a single chip and can perform up to 160 simultaneous processes.

The forthcoming Cisco QuantumFlow Processor, which the company said has been more than half a decade in the making, was designed by a team of more than 100 Cisco engineers and has led to more than 40 patent submissions. Many of the same engineers who developed the Cisco Silicon Packet Processor (SPP) for the Cisco Carrier Routing System (CRS-1), which debuted in 2004, also worked on the Cisco QuantumFlow Processor. The new device will boast more than 800 million transistors compared to the 185 million on the Cisco SPP.