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Nokia’s fifth-generation routing silicon FP5 equipped with encryption capabilities

Finnish multinational telecommunications, information technology, and consumer electronics company Nokia launched FP5, the fifth generation of high-performance IP routing silicon, meant to deliver a generational leap in IP network capacity and power efficiency.

FP5 will enable service providers to address today’s requirements to efficiently scale network capacity, enable new higher speed IP services, and provide “unmatched” protection against escalating network security threats. Building upon four generations of industry-leading network processors, Nokia added support for high-density 800GE routing interfaces, which promises a 75% reduction in power consumption.

FP5 also has a new embedded line rate and flow-based encryption capabilities.

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“Our customers require their networks to be robust, agile, and adaptable enough to handle everything life throws at them — from disruptive security threats to a global pandemic,” said Federico Guillén, president of Network Infrastructure, Nokia. “FP5 is a significant step forward in performance, security, and efficiency and in combination with our software excellence and investment in network automation and tools, it opens the next chapter in Nokia’s long-standing leadership in IP networking and IP silicon innovation.”

DDoS defense

As cloud architectures, 5G and Industry 4.0 continue to drive network transformation, service providers require mission-critical IP networks to be increasingly secure, agile, and sustainable. IP networks must provide guaranteed high performance and integrity in the face of growing threats from network-level attacks and security breaches.

According to Nokia, IP networking equipment must become increasingly power-efficient to minimize its impact on the environment.

With Nokia’s FP4, the company transformed volumetric DDoS (distributed denial of service) defense with router-based detection and mitigation. FP5 brings an additional layer of network protection with the introduction of “ANYsec.” a new line rate, flow-based encryption capability integrated directly into the chipset. ANYsec supports the delivery of secure IP services including MPLS and segment routing, on-demand and at scale without impacting performance or power efficiency.

“Service providers can now ensure the integrity and confidentiality of all data flowing through their networks,” Nokia said.

Power consumption

Nokia service router platforms are the first to support high-density 800GE and 1.6 Tb/s clear channel routing interfaces for applications including mobile transport, IP core, peering, BNG, and provider edge. New FP5-based line cards will support 14.4 Tb/s (19.2 Tb/s with Nokia’s intelligent aggregation capability.) A new series of fixed form factor 7750 Service Router-1 platforms enable the benefits of FP5 to also be realized in smaller network locations.

Nokia’s FP5 network processors drive down power consumption per bit by 75%. As FP5 is backward compatible with FP4 and fully integrated into the latest versions of Nokia’s Service Router Operating System (SR OS), all existing features are supported from Day one on the new hardware.