Monday, May 21, 2007

Broadcom Announces 10 GigE Transceiver for 10GBASE-KR Backplanes

Broadcom introduced a 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) serial transceiver in support of the new IEEE 10GBASE-KR standard for running 10 Gbps serial data over backplane systems.

Broadcom said today's blade servers and advanced telecom computing architecture (ATCA) equipment can only support single-channel, low bandwidth capabilities (using 1000BASE-X or 1000BASE-KX standards), or four-channel, low bandwidth per channel capabilities (using the 10GBASE-KX4 standard). In order to enable higher bandwidth applications (such as virtualization, security and encryption, and multimedia), 10Gbps data must now be driven across the backplane. Broadcom said it is the first silicon vendor to address this market requirement with its new serial transceiver that supports the new IEEE 802.3ap standard (10GBASE-KR) for backplane systems.

The Broadcom BCM8071 serial 10GBASE-KR to XAUI backplane transceiver is designed in a low power, 90 nanometer CMOS process. Sampling is underway.

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