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Alcatel-Lucent Invents 400GB Routing Chip

Alcatel-Lucent has just invented a new FP3 chip in the latest of a packet-processing chip series that can route traffic as fast as 400 gigabits per second! The new technology launched Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 and is expected to take on Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks in the future.

The new tech will handle the IPv6 addresses that are scheduled to roll out next year, very well. If you consider that the 100-Gigabit Ethernet standard was approved just last year, it’s amazing to learn of the speeds that new technology brings.

Alcatel’s new technology can be used for all forms of networks, including DSL, cable, business Ethernet and mobile systems. With faster data speeds, less power consumption, we can be assured that the new technology will be greener, cheaper, and more reliable.

The only question is whether companies will choose to adopt the technology or let it mature a bit before hopping on board. Another thing to consider is whether companies will invest revenue on a new technology, usually at it’s highest price point.

Another interesting thought is whether there will be an acquisition between Cisco Systems and Alcatel-Lucent sometime in the future. I certainly hope not, especially if AT&T ends up swallowing T-Mobile. We will continue to move away from a capitalist market.

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