Cisco announced their new QuantumFlow Processor last week and will announce which box it will be used in on March 4th . It’s a beast with 800M transistors, 40 cores, support for 160 simultaneous processes, > 100 engineers, > 40 patent submissions, and a rumoured $100M dev cost.
It’s interesting that Cisco has had a some major hardware announcements lately. With all the “application” acquistions last year I had thought they were becoming more software oriented. Here is a good post on what the new Nexus hardware means for software at Cisco. Will Cisco’s ‘Big Switch’ Provoke a New Technology War? – Seeking Alpha. The comments attatched to the post are interesting too ( read them )
Here are links to articles on Quantum Flow device … all are pretty thin. Network World one has some rumours …
- Cisco QuantumFlow mystery network processor – Network World
- Cisco’s QuantumFlow Processor: Meet World’s Most Advanced Networking Semiconductor – The first power-users: Santa Claus, Cupid and the Easter Bunny – Softpedia
- Cisco Introduces World’s Most Advanced Networking Semiconductor: Cisco QuantumFlow Processor -> News@Cisco