Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Alcatel-Lucent Tests 400G Network Processor with Spirent's Gear

Alcatel-Lucent is using Spirent Communications' testing tools to validate the performance of its new FP3 400G network processor in advance of its commercial introduction. Specifically, the Spirent TestCenter HyperMetrics mX 40/100G is being used to test the FP3-based Service Router modules under real-world scenarios with high-scale services and traffic.

  • In June 2011, Alcatel-Lucent unveiled its 400 Gbps, "FP3" network processor for enabling the full stack of services over IP routers. The FP3 processor, which is scheduled to appear in Alcatel-Lucent's service router portfolio in 2012, supports 400 Gbps line rates, sufficient for handling 70,000 simultaneous High Definition video streams. It leverages 40nm process technology and represents the evolution of the company's 100 Gbps FP2 silicon, which was introduced in 2008 using 90nm process technology. It packs 288 RISC cores operating at 1 GHz. This compares with 112 cores at 840 MHz in the previous generation FP2 device. The new design uses 50% less power per bit than its predecessor.

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