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Cisco Touts Chip Breakthrough

Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) whet the appetites of the world’s IP networking community today by announcing the QuantumFlow Processor, billing it as the “world’s most advanced networking semiconductor.”

Cisco says the “industry's first fully integrated and programmable networking chipset” has been five years in the making and was designed by a team of more than 100 developers, many of whom worked on the Silicon Packet Processor (SPP) that’s at the heart of the firm’s CRS-1 core router. The company also claims the chipset can perform up to 160 simultaneous processes, putting it “several generations beyond what is currently available in network processors.” (See Cisco Pushes CRS-1 and Cisco's CRS-1 Passes Our Test.)

The design team, says Cisco, has managed to increase the transistor capacity on the chip from 185 million on the CRS-1’s SPP to 800 million on the QuantumFlow processor. The new chipset is expected to appear initially in some new products rather than to be integrated into existing platforms.

But Cisco isn’t currently providing further comment on its plans for the souped-up silicon. It’s holding back on a lot of its details and strategic thinking until next week, when, according to its current advertising campaign, it plans to unveil a “breakthrough innovation that will improve the network for everyone.” (See Cisco's Big Splash.)

So why provide only a glimpse of QuantumFlow today? The pre-emptive announcement may be timed as a spoiler to today’s news from Cisco’s fiercest traditional IP equipment rival, Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR). (See Juniper Splits Out Its Control Plane.)

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

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douaibei 12/5/2012 | 3:47:03 PM
re: Cisco Touts Chip Breakthrough not sure cisco will have any thing available before 2010 :-
photon2 12/5/2012 | 3:47:03 PM
re: Cisco Touts Chip Breakthrough This is becomming a way of life for Cisco, to announce a day before the competition does...sleazy, unprofessional, and downright dirty. Clean up Cisco, we all see thru this and no brownie points are made, only luster cracking and tarnishing on your end.

Act like the Fortune 100 company you are....
tsat 12/5/2012 | 3:47:03 PM
re: Cisco Touts Chip Breakthrough
Last time I checked, Cisco doesn't sell silicon.

yarn 12/5/2012 | 3:47:01 PM
re: Cisco Touts Chip Breakthrough Cisco ueber alles:)
gotman 12/5/2012 | 3:47:01 PM
re: Cisco Touts Chip Breakthrough P2, you must be new to the industry if you think Cisco is the only one doing this, so take your foot out! That or you are a program manager at Juniper!
everythingip 12/5/2012 | 3:47:00 PM
re: Cisco Touts Chip Breakthrough Forgot to also mention, you can only have a press conference/release if you have something relevant to say or introduce, if you don't have anything you loose credibility, in this case Cisco has a big CHIP now all we need is some Salsa :-/, seem like Cisco is taking Juniper's lunch money this time, hopefully they bring something to the table next week to go along with this announcement.

everythingip 12/5/2012 | 3:47:00 PM
re: Cisco Touts Chip Breakthrough P2 you got to be kidding with that comment, In the sand box kids have to be nice and share there toys,grow up, Competition is good, greed is good, now grow up...should we tell Microsoft to stop attacking...well everyone LINUX included, maybe we should tell BK to stop attacking Micky Ds or Wendys...As I remember Juniper has been a marketing machine for a long time, I get lots of trinkets from them also, and we love trinkets, so it nice to see Cisco rejoined the marketing race...they are all sleeeeeeeeeeeezy but we LOVE them.

tsat 12/5/2012 | 3:46:59 PM
re: Cisco Touts Chip Breakthrough I think it is a little embarrassing that Cisco has to match every Juniper announcement with its own press release. Do they really think it is going to hurt their business that much if they wait a few months when their products are ready?

Its going to hurt Cisco's impact when they have real products to announce.

Does anyone.. customers or analysts or investors, even care about there pre-announcements before there is proven revenue?

gotman 12/5/2012 | 3:46:58 PM
re: Cisco Touts Chip Breakthrough Where is the T1600? I've been hearing about it for monkey years.. Cisco talks about some chip and your all chipped out on the block!

tsat, i thought you knew better, you know Juniper is the king of pre-announcements, and this is a new trend they've started 2-3 years back, they must have hired a few new faces.
marcopolo 12/5/2012 | 3:46:56 PM
re: Cisco Touts Chip Breakthrough Perhaps Juniper matched Cisco's announcement... Usually companies announce new products around an industry event or when the product is available and customers can place orders.

By pre-announcing a product, you get a lot of leeway in "matching" your competitor's announcements.

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