Alcatel-Lucent Innovation Delivers a Faster, Smarter and Greener Network Experience

June 28, 2011

PARIS, June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext and NYSE: ALU) today announced a new network
processor that delivers a fourfold increase in performance over the fastest
Internet Protocol (IP) networks available today. By supporting 400
Gigabits-per-second (G) transmission speeds, the FP3 processor opens up new
possibilities for bandwidth-intensive services, applications and content,
while cutting power consumption by up to 50 percent. The FP3 processor is
being demonstrated today and will be commercially available in
Alcatel-Lucent’s service router portfolio in 2012.

The first of a new generation of IP routing technology, the FP3
processor is designed to address tomorrow’s demand for ultra-high
performance public and private IP networks. For example, a single FP3
processor could handle 70,000 simultaneous High Definition video streams or
8.4 million simultaneous retail cloud sessions.

“Alcatel-Lucent brings a wealth of experience and technical skill to the
challenge of putting the next generation of silicon into their service
routers,” said Simon Stanley, Founder and Principal Consultant of Earlswood
Marketing Limited. “The same engineers have moved through 10G to 100G and
now to 400G. The result is a chipset which delivers the versatility of a
programmable network processor and a massive increase in speed, without
compromising on deep touch services.”

Alcatel-Lucent is the first company to develop 400G technology for IP
networks, helping to accelerate the adoption of 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GE),
which was standardized in 2010, while providing a clear path for higher
speeds in future. According to a recent forecast by Dell’Oro Group, 100GE
port shipments from 2010 through 2015 are predicted to grow in excess of 200
percent annually.

Basil Alwan, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s IP Division, said: “This
technology puts us a generation ahead of today”s fastest IP core routers.
And, it”s not just moving bits, but generating revenue and creating value
for service providers and their business, residential and mobile customers.
By making networks faster, smarter and more environmentally sustainable,
Alcatel-Lucent is enabling the continuous innovation of consumer and
business devices, content and applications that increasingly depend on
service provider networks.”

“Alcatel-Lucent is showing its technology roots, recently with
lightRadio(TM) for the wireless market and now with the FP3 400G network
processor for IP routing,” stated Michael Howard, Co-founder and Principal
Analyst Carrier and Data Center Networks, Infonetics Research. “I’m
impressed that any company could develop such a high capacity network
processor, solving 400G in the electrical domain before the industry solves
400G for lightwaves. This 400G chipset is a generational advance that will
improve router 100GE density/cost and will attract the eye of service

Alcatel-Lucent has also taken an industry leadership role by driving an
“ecosystem” of semiconductor partners including Samsung Semiconductor,
NetLogic Microsystems, Micron, GSI Technology, Cypress and Broadcom to
deliver complementary components that support the transition to ultra-fast,
low power networks with deterministic performance.

FP3 – Technical Capabilities

        - Industry's first 400G network processor
        - Supports IP routing with full range of business, residential and
          mobile edge services
        - Accelerates time to market for high-density 100G line card
        - Highly integrated design reduces overall memory requirements
        - Granular power management in 10G increments reduces overall
          power consumption by up to 50 percent per bit
        - Leverages existing 40nanometer manufacturing process to reduce
        - FP-3 based line cards for the 7750 SR will be commercially
          available in 2-port 100GE, 6-port 40GE, and 20-port 10GE configurations
          in 2012

FP3 and the High Leverage Network

Alcatel-Lucent’s vision of the High Leverage Network(TM) [
www2.alcatel-lucent.com/hln] (HLN) is focused on addressing the exploding
demand for broadband capacity and services, making it easier for service
providers able to capitalize on the new demands of an always-on world.

The FP3 network processor plays an important role in this vision,
enabling service providers to increase capacity, reduce costs and develop
new revenue opportunities. The fourfold increase in performance, with no
compromise on service quality will allow service providers to use their
networks to deliver new broadband services, content and applications with
improved reliability, more sustainably. The FP3 processor will be at the
heart of Alcatel-Lucent’s high-performance IP service routing portfolio,
from metro to edge to the core of the HLN architecture.

FP3 and the 400G Ecosystem

In order to deliver a fourfold improvement in speed, reduce power
consumption and avoid compromising on service scale and quality, the FP3
processor requires predictable or deterministic access to memory at
unprecedented speeds.

In addition to developing its own technology solutions, Alcatel-Lucent
is driving semiconductor industry leaders including Samsung Semiconductor,
NetLogic Microsystems, Micron, GSI Technology, Cypress, Broadcom and others
to push the envelope of innovation on high-speed DDR (double data rate),
RLDRAM (Reduced-latency Dynamic random access memory), CAM (Content
Addressable memory) and QDR (Quad Data Rate) memory and memory access,
enabling the industry to accelerate adoption of 100G speeds and beyond.

Partner quotes

“To achieve this amazing speed, the standard 40nm libraries needed to
improve. Working side-by-side with Alcatel-Lucent’s development team,
Broadcom created over 100 custom 40nm libraries to meet Alcatel-Lucent’s
cutting-edge design specifications”, said Asad Khamisy, Broadcom Vice
President of Engineering. “Our Premier Custom IC Program is ideal for
Alcatel-Lucent’s incredibly talented engineering team to shatter performance
barriers and create a unique, highly differentiated product.”

“”As the IP and market leader in SRAMs, Cypress is excited to contribute
to the ground-breaking 400Gb/s FP3 network processor from Alcatel-Lucent,”"
said Dana Nazarian, executive vice president of Cypress”s Memory Products
Division. “”This industry-first product is an excellent example of companies
investing collaboratively over multiple years to advance the
state-of-the-art in networking. The industry-standard QDR SRAM, defined in
the QDR consortium, and available from multiple vendors, remains the
critical memory technology for next-generation systems with huge throughput

“Our work with Alcatel-Lucent processor architects and designers is
paying great dividends,” says Lee-Lean Shu, President and CEO of GSI
Technology. “When we started on FP2-based projects we didn’t know how far
this could go. Now, with our SigmaQuad-IIIe teamed with the FP3, we can see
even greater things on the horizon.”

“Close partnerships are essential to the process of developing truly
breakthrough systems,” said Brian Shirley, Vice President of Micron’s DRAM
Solutions Group. “This is particularly true in the networking space, where
every component is pushed to the edge, and every picosecond is critical.
Alcatel Lucent has maintained leadership in high-performance networking by
successfully establishing these critical alliances, enabling ideas to move
to market in faster cycles. Micron is proud to be Alcatel Lucent”s partner
in networking DRAM. The new 400GE processor highlights the power of
Micron”s new RLDRAM(R) 3 memory technology and the benefits of tight
collaboration in delivering such a stunning new performance mark to the

“We congratulate the Alcatel-Lucent team on the achievement of the
industry’s first 400G network processor, and we are pleased to continue
our-long standing collaboration on multiple generations of products,”" said
Ron Jankov, president and CEO at NetLogic Microsystems. “”The close working
relationship between our engineering teams has enabled both companies to
further innovate and optimize our respective silicon for higher performance,
seamless interconnectivity and lower power consumption.”

About Alcatel-Lucent’s Service Routing Portfolio

At its introduction in 2003, the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router
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(SR) set a new benchmark in the industry with 10G
network processing and 20G per slot performance. Since then, the platform
has evolved through new generations of silicon and line cards, providing
outstanding investment protection for its customers. With the FP3 network
processor, the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 SR again raises the industry benchmark
with 400G network processing and 200G per slot performance. More than
100,000 Service Routing systems are in use at more than 400 service
providers in over 100 countries.

In 2010 Alcatel-Lucent’s IP Division reported revenues of EUR1.46Bn,
representing 24 percent growth compared to 2009.

To learn more about this innovation:

Join the Alcatel-Lucent webcast June 28, 10am EST at:


Or, visit the Alcatel-Lucent FP3 website at:


About Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU)

The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises, strategic
industries and governments around the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a leader in
mobile, fixed, IP and Optics technologies, and a pioneer in applications and
services. Alcatel-Lucent includes Bell Labs, one of the world’s foremost
centres of research and innovation in communications technology.

With operations in more than 130 countries and one of the most
experienced global services organizations in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is
a local partner with global reach.

The Company achieved revenues of Euro 16 billion in 2010 and is
incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.

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