In December 2019, Cisco announced details of the new silicon architecture as well as the full scope of the company’s strategy to build an Internet for the future that will power the next decade of digital innovation. The strategy focuses on driving the development of three core technologies: silicon, optics, and software. Cisco says its technology strategy will push digital innovation beyond the performance, economic and power consumption limitations of current infrastructure. 

Introducing Cisco Silicon One-Breakthrough Unified, Programmable Silicon Architecture

Cisco has introduced its latest innovation including Cisco Silicon OneTM, the industry’s only networking silicon architecture of its kind. The new Cisco Silicon One will be the foundation of Cisco’s routing portfolio going forward, with expected near-term performance availability up to 25 Terabits per second (Tbps). This is the industry’s first networking chip designed to be universally adaptable across service provider a n d web scale markets. Designed for both fixed and modular platforms, it can manage the most challenging requirements in a way that’s never been done before. The first Cisco Silicon One ‘Q100’ model surpasses the 10 Tbps routing milestone for network bandwidth without sacrificing programmability, buffering, power efficiency, scale or feature flexibility

Cisco 8000 series

Traditionally, multiple types of silicon with different capabilities are used across a network and even within a single device. Developing new features and testing can be lengthy and expensive. Unified and programmable silicon will allow for network operators to greatly reduce costs of operations and reduce time-to value for new services. “We look forward to working with Cisco as it enters the high-end routing silicon space, collaborating to help meet the next generation of network demands for higher speeds and greater capacity,” said Amin Vahdat, fellow and vice president of Systems Infrastructure, Google Cloud. “Facebook has been a strong advocate for network disaggregation and open ecosystems, launching key industry initiatives such as the Open Compute

Project and the Telecom Infrastructure Project to transform the networking industry,” said Najam Ahmad, vice president, Network Engineering at Facebook. “Cisco’s new Silicon One architecture is aligned with this vision, and we believe this model offers network operators diverse and flexible options through a disaggregated approach.” “Cisco is changing the economics of powering the Internet, innovating across hardware, software, optics and silicon to help its customers better manage the operational costs to function on a larger scale for the next phase of the Internet,” said Ray Mota, CEO and principal analyst at ACG Research. “As we move to 2020, the timing of delivering operational efficiency will be vital.”

Silicon One

Cisco 8000 Series Platform Powered by Cisco Silicon One

Cisco also announced a new router machine, Cisco 8000, designed to better serve as the backbone for 5G networks. It is engineered to help service providers and web-scale companies reduce the costs of building and operating mass scale networks for the 5G, AI and IOT era. 

Flexible Business Models

Cisco also announced plans to offer flexible consumption models first established with Cisco’s Optics portfolio, followed by the disaggregation of the Cisco IOS-XR software, and now including Cisco Silicon One. This new model is highly adaptable and offers customers choice of components, white box, or integrated systems to build their networks.

Cisco announced its full scope of the company’s strategy in Dec 2019