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Cisco unveils new hardware for what it calls 'Internet of the future'

2019-12-12 18:22 by


Cisco has introduced silicon that is a unique single platform for all routers within a service provider data center. Silicon One Q100 optical-routing silicon brings up to 10Tbps of network bandwidth in its first iteration – with a future goal of 25Tbps – and support for large non-blocking distributed routers, deep buffering with rich QoS and programmable forwarding.

The Silicon One architecture will be the foundation of Cisco's routing product roadmap for the next decade, the company said. Long term, Cisco's aim is to support future applications and services that will deploy once the 5G era materializes.

"We are dedicated to transforming the industry to build a new internet for the 5G era," Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins said in a statement. "Our latest solutions in silicon, optics and software represent the continued innovation we're driving that helps our customers stay ahead of the curve and create new, ground-breaking experiences for their customers and end users for decades to come," he gushed.

In addition to the silicon, Cisco also touted its work in the optics space. As port rates increase from 100G to 400G, optics become a larger piece of the capex pie. Cisco said its qualification program tests its optics and non-Cisco optics to comply with industry standards, and it invests organically to ensure that router and switch ports rates continue to increase. Through its deal to buy Acacia Communications earlier this year, Cisco will start to deliver pluggable form factors that foster operational simplicity while driving down cost and reduce power and space requirements.

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