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ZTE launches super-capacity cluster router with self-developed chips

ZTE’s ZXR10 T8000 is claimed to be the first high-end router in China to use proprietary chip technology. In a frank statement of its ambition, ZTE has set itself a target of more than US$10 billion revenue in the next three years. 

ZTE Corporation has announced the launch of its ZXR10 T8000 Cluster Core Router, with what it calls the largest switching capacity in the world, targeting the high-end router market. ZTE aims to achieve over US$10 billion revenue from the high-end router market over the next three years. 

Currently, the ZXR10 T8000 at its maximum provides 2048 40G interfaces, 1024 100G interfaces, and up to 200Tb/s switching capacity, which means each ZXR10 T8000 can support over 1 million users simultaneously with high-speed network access. The semiconductor chips at the heart of the ZTR10 T8000 were developed independently by ZTE and include three “critical breakthroughs” in core chip technology: advanced high-speed routing forwarding technology, large-capacity packet switching technology, and complex traffic management technology. The ZXR10 T8000 is also claimed by ZTE to be the first high-end router in China to use proprietary chip technology.

 The existing maximum switching capacity of single switching fabric chips in the market is 160G, which has been a bottleneck for next-generation router development. In order to meet the market needs, ZTE’s R&D team designed and developed the ZXRIC SF600 switching fabric chip, equipped with 600G crossbar switching capacity and three-stage CLOS chassis technology, to provide the market with more powerful chip processing capability. In addition,  the ZXRIC PFE packet forwarding processing chipset supports 100G wire-speed forwarding capability, while the ZXRIC TME multi-policy traffic management chip supports a five-level hierarchical QoS mechanism. 

 With its capacity, IPv4/IPv6 seamless integration, and 16+64 chassis cascade support, the ZXT10 T8000 “meets the requirements to build core nodes of a metropolitan bearer network in the 3G/4G age.” It is also suitable to be an Internet core node, a backbone network super node and an egress for large-scale MAN. ZXR10 T8000 is also promoted as adopting a number of advanced energy-saving technologies such as intelligent initiation, power supply and changeable speed to help customers build “green networks” with 23% less power consumption.

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