Cisco and IBM collaborate to design and build world's most sophisticated 40-Gbit/s custom chip

June 9, 2004

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EAST FISHKILL, N.Y. and SAN JOSE, Calif. -- IBM and Cisco Systems, Inc., today announced that the two companies have collaborated to design and build the world's most complex, programmable custom chip to power the Cisco Carrier Routing System (Cisco CRS-1), a new class of routing system for moving data, voice and video across Internet Protocol (IP) networks.

The Cisco Silicon Packet Processor (SPP) is the world's most sophisticated 40-Gbps (gigabits per second) application specific integrated circuit (ASIC), featuring an unprecedented 38 million gates, more than 187 million transistors and 188 high-performance programmable 32-bit RISC processors executing 47 billion instructions per second (BIPS). The Cisco SPP along with Cisco IOS XR Software enables carriers to adapt to changing customer needs and accelerate service delivery.

The highly sophisticated 18.3-millimeter (mm) chip -- along with nine additional ASICs designed by Cisco and built by IBM for the Cisco CRS-1 -- is the result of a strategic multi-year semiconductor technology development effort between the two companies. During the past three years, IBM and Cisco engineers worked closely to develop the 10 new custom chips, which are being produced in IBM's state-of-the-art 300mm semiconductor manufacturing facility in East Fishkill, N.Y., and 200mm facility in Burlington, Vt.

"This project is a tremendous example of the ongoing commitment to innovation and teamwork shared by IBM and Cisco," said Tom Reeves, vice president of semiconductor products and solutions, IBM Systems & Technology Group. "The reason we've achieved the number one ranking in ASIC and maintained it for five years is simple -- we can help customers develop advanced, customized silicon solutions in less time, allowing them to get their products to market faster."

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