Reply to post: Yet another grand unification

Cisco slips on a Tolkien ring: One chip design to rule them all, one design to find them. One design to bring them all...


Yet another grand unification

When I worked there, Cisco's chip problem was that they had 'way too many designs. When you're big, and a bit old, and have bought a lot of companies, and have out-of-control competition between divisions, and have a broad product line, well, the pile of designs gets real high. By chip industry standards, Cisco wasn't buying anything much "in volume" except RAM. That creates a financial barrier to doing rapid design refreshes.

So it isn't surprising that they're trying, again, to get more commonality across products.

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