FP3: Breakthrough 400G network processor

Well ahead OF the curve

FP3 is the world's first 400G network processor and the third generation of Alcatel-Lucent’s routing silicon. Based on this breakthrough innovation, Alcatel-Lucent is building the most powerful, scalable and high-performance portfolio of IP edge and core routing platforms in the world.

This is just what service providers need to deliver today’s cloud-based services, high-speed wireless, and video applications.

“Network processing silicon is the fundamental ‘DNA’ of an IP/MPLS router. It defines the platform’s scale and capacity, its features, and its potential to evolve.” — Basil Alwan, Head of Networks Strategy

Proven in-house developed silicon

Alcatel-Lucent has developed a proven foundation for high-performance IP routing platforms that includes FP3 in-house developed network processing silicon, a feature-rich Service Router Operating System and end-to-end service-aware management. As a result, service providers are well-equipped to address the next wave of network challenges and opportunities:

  • Scale residential, business and mobile networks to deliver enough bandwidth for video and entertainment services today and tomorrow.
  • Leverage a single platform to meet the needs of Internet transport, peering, metro core and datacenter interconnection applications.
  • Create new value in service networks through the delivery of innovative new services.
  • Increase power efficiency to reduce operating expenditures (OPEX) and greenhouse gas emissions.

FASTER: Unlock new services with 4x today's speeds

The FP3 network processor can quadruple the speed of the most advanced networks available today. This unlocks value for the next generation of online applications, entertainment and communications while cutting power consumption.

Controlling just how fast bits travel across the network, the FP3 network processor is ideally dimensioned to offer high-density 10GE, 40GE and 100GE line cards, with a clear path to 400GE interfaces in the future.

FP3 technology is already commercially shipping in the 7750 Service Router (SR) and 7450 Ethernet Service Switch (ESS). The chipset is also the foundation for the powerful 7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS) core routing portfolio.

Smarter: More bandwidth, without compromise

The FP3 network processor allows service providers to intelligently scale their networks while ensuring the capabilities required to drive innovative service delivery as well as scale in step — without sacrificing network performance.

Ensuring networks can scale to address the challenge of booming bandwidth demand is not sufficient. Networks must also create value to deliver collaborative multimedia applications, new home entertainment service offerings, cloud-based services and more.

The FP3 network processor ensures feature consistency across generations and massively increases the performance and service scale of the chipset. This gives service providers more and more port density in their current platforms, and helps them more efficiently deliver new services and applications.

Greener: Build sustainable networks that use less power

Information and communications industries create 2% of our greenhouse gases.* So power efficiency gains in routing equipment are mandatory. FP3 uses the latest silicon design techniques to set a new benchmark in power efficiency.

FP3 drives down the power per-gigabit by more than 50% in edge routing applications and by up to 66% in core applications compared to competitive silicon.

High performance routers with higher capacity line cards lessen the need for additional equipment to address escalating bandwidth demands, which reduces footprint. The result? Fewer, more efficient platforms support a broader array of services, simplify networks and reduce greenhouse emissions.

* The 2008 Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) from their SMART 2020 report.

READ WHAT THE ANALYSTS ARE SAYING

“According to Dell'Oro Group, advancements in silicon technologies for packet processing have enabled more ports per line card and led to lower prices. The increase in 10GE port and 100GE densities on a single line card will enable lower prices on a per-port basis and improve operational efficiencies—important factors for adoption by Service Providers. While the adoption of 100GE ports is still in its infancy, these ports will play an important role in service providers' evaluation of the next generation of routers and network architectures. Dell'Oro's most recent five-year forecast report included a projection for 100 GE port shipments to grow significantly with a compounded annual growth rate of more than 200% from 2010 through 2015.”

Analyst Shin Umeda, Carrier Ethernet and Routers Market Research, Dell'Oro Group

"Alcatel-Lucent is showing its technology roots, recently with lightRadio™ for the wireless market and now with the FP3 400G network processor for IP routing.  I’m impressed that any company could develop such a high-capacity network processor, solving 400G in the electrical domain before the industry solves 400G for lightwaves. This 400G chipset is a generational advance that will improve router 100GE density/cost and will attract the eye of service providers.”

Michael Howard, Co-founder and Principal Analyst, Carrier and Data Center Networks, Infonetics Research

“The FP3 will allow Alcatel-Lucent to reduce the cost, space, and power associated with 10GE, 40GE, and 100GE networking. Perhaps more importantly, the FP3 supports platform evolution and customer investment protection as 100G networks evolve to 400G.”

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David Krozier, Principal Analyst, Network Infrastructure Telecom, Ovum