Nokia Debuts New Networking Silicon and Core Routing Platforms

Thursday Jun 15th 2017 by Sean Michael Kerner
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Nokia builds on former Alcatel-Lucent assets with new FP4 networking silicon that offers 2.4 Terabits per second of performance.

Nokia is evolving its core networking capabilities that the company gained through the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 billion in April 2016.

Among the new technologies is the FP4 silicon, which is a 2.4 Terabit per second network processor, the 7750 Service Router and the 7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS).

The FP4 silicon is the successor to Alcatel-Lucent's FP3 network silicon that was first announced in June 2011. The FP3 offered the promise of 400 Gigabits per second of performance, which is now being tripled by the 2.4 Terabit per second FP4.

The FP4 is now set to power Nokia's next generation of core routing platforms, that will replace the FP3 based systems.

Among the new platforms is the 7750-SR-s series which is the latest evolution of the 7750-SR core router that first debuted back in 2008 with Alcatel-Lucent's FP2 network silicon. The 7750-SR-s integrated the FP4 silicon to provide 144 Terabits per second of performance across 288 x 400 Gigabit Ethernet or 1,440 x 100 Gigabit Ethernet links.

Nokia is also expanding Alcatel-Lucent's 7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS) with a new XC model that also benefits from the new FP4 silicon. The original 7950 XRS router was announced by Alcatel-Lucent in May 2012 as the company's first entry into the core routing market in direct competition against Cisco and Juniper.

The 7950 XRS-XC is being positioned by Nokia as helping operators move to petabit scale though the system at launch is only delivering 0.576 petabits per second of switching capacity.

"The internet platform is set to fully subsume HD on-demand video while simultaneously expanding with connectivity to billions of new devices,"Basil Alwan, president of the ION Business Group at Nokia, said in a statement. "With today's announcement, we are delivering the technology advances needed to support this evolution."

"The end game is all-important: an evolved global nervous system for society and certainly the most capable, cost-effective, resilient and secure infrastructure ever built," he added.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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