Cisco shipping 160G Ethernet card for ASR 9000

16 x 10G interface on schedule as EZchip samples 100G Ethernet processor

Cisco is now shipping the 160G Ethernet card - 16x10G - it announced last summer for the ASR 9000. Word of this comes as EZchip this week announced that it is now sampling its NP-4 100G Ethernet processor

There was some speculation that Cisco would not divulge details behind the 6.4Tbps capacity claims of its ASR 9000 edge router because it did not want to disclose the role of the EZchip NP-4s and was beholden to the supplier on committing to a timeline for delivering that scale of performance.  When asked this week, a Cisco spokesman in an e-mail did not deny using the EZchip NP-4s but instead played up its own silicon. 

"Cisco is the only vendor to achieve 160G throughput in a single slot with Cisco ASR 9000 16 x 10GE line card. We are shipping this card and have several large global customers for the Cisco ASR 9000. The Cisco ASR 9000 uses the Cisco QuantumFlow Family of processors. This card was independently validated by Miercomm." 

The spokesman said Cisco cannot publicly disclose users of the 160G Ethernet card on the ASR 9000. Publicly disclosed customers for the ASR 9000, meanwhile, include Verizon, Deutsche Telekom, Softbank, Telstra, Cogent and Swisscom.

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