Monday, April 28, 2008

Broadcom Offers Low-Power GigE Switch Chips for SMBs

Broadcom introduced a family of 65 nanometer (nm) single-chip Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switch chips for small- to-medium-sized business (SMB) applications. Total system power savings are estimated at 40%. The new switch family includes 5-, 8-, 16- and 24-port configurations, with full Layer 2 (L2) switching. The new chips integrate a MIPS processor, Broadcom's 65nm octal GbE physical layer (PHY) core, as well as QSGMII connectivity. Broadcom said support for the QSGMII interface is significant as next generation switches are expected to adopt this technology as the standard interface for external PHY connectivity. Having both an integrated octal GbE PHY and QSGMII interface allows Broadcom to offer high performance switching solutions that reduce power consumption, design complexity and total system cost.

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