Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Broadcom Pushes Ethernet Switching Silicon to 64x 10GbE

Broadcom introduced a new series of multi-layer Ethernet devices providing up to 64-ports of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) with the flexibility to also support 40 Gigabit Ethernet (40GbE). The BCM56840 series supports Layer 2 / Layer 3 (L2 / L3) switching with dynamic access control lists (ACLs). It also support Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) IEEE P802.3az draft standard. Sampling is underway.

The new Broadcom BCM56840 series, which represents the eighth generation of the company's StrataXGS switch architecture, is aimed at data centers requiring sub-microsecond latency and ultra low power per single chip.

Designed in 40 nanometer (nm) process technology, the BCM56840 offers integrated SerDes. The series can be used as a foundation element to build next generation top-of-rack switches, blade switches and modular switches. These switches can be tied together to deliver a highly scalable network, interconnecting thousands of servers for enterprise, as well as cloud provider data centers.

Broadcom also has complementary silicon and software solutions for the data center market segment including a quad-port 10GBASE-T PHY, a 10GbE dual-port converged network interface controller (C-NIC), a 10GbE SFP+ PHY and software.

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