According to Cisco, the unit is capable of being clustered through a switch fabric chassis to reach a routing capacity of 92 terabits per second. It is designed to handle next-generation data, video and voice services over a converged Internet Protocol network.
CRS-1 is the result of four years design and production work by over 500 engineers, according to Cisco engineer Michael Boland, and the goal was to create a product capable of delivering large-scale high-bandwidth applications.
Boland says the product came as a response customer needs for features such as continuous operation, flexibility, scalability and a modular design.
"I liken it to a motor car that goes a million miles per hour and we can change a wheel and pull the motor apart while we're running ... that was the whole idea behind how the box is designed," said Boland.
The basic product is a seven-foot high shelf, with 1.2Tbps capability that can be scaled up to 72 shelves and 92Tbps, or 92 thousand billion bps.
The product will be available in Australia in July (as will local pricing), but the base unit is currently priced at US$450,000.