Cisco hasn’t given up on hardware … New Quantum Flow NPU

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
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4 Responses to Cisco hasn’t given up on hardware … New Quantum Flow NPU

  1. […] unknown wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptHere 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 ) … […]

  2. Iain Verigin says:

    * speculation — my guess is that this NPU gets used in an Edge Router
    ** I’ve seen other speculation like this. we’ll know tomorrow.
    * that has historically been the first deployment of Cisco’s past multi-core NPUs.

  3. […] feels like Cisco’s Quantum Flow device thought process. I’ll speculate that it goes like this “We are the leader – we are the […]

  4. […] enterprise focussed silicon. Makes sense, these guys can’t compete with likes of a Cisco’s QFP. They are choosing to compete where they have a […]

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