Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Broadcom Debuts New Ethernet Switching Silicon

Broadcom introduced a new family of 10 Gigabit multiport Ethernet switches in its StrataConnect portfolio.  The new designs improve control plane and data plane connectivity by combining 1G, 2.5G, and 10G performance and diverse and flexible input/outputs (I/Os) at very low power consumption.

The new BCM534xx StrataConnect switch chips boast 160 Gbps total bandwidth, and 10 GbE I/O that can be flexibly configured.  The devices can be coupled with Broadcom's PHYs to enable a new generation of SMB switches used either to aggregate uplinks or connect 802.11ac Wave 2 access points.

Key Features of the BCM5340x and BCM5341x Switches

  • 160 Gbps Switching Capacity Bandwidth
  • Optional integrated ARM Cortex A9 CPU
  • Integrated 10G SerDes with diverse I/O for multiple configurations
  • Advanced single-stage ContentAware Engine for ACLs and QoS
  • Timestamping support with 1588 TC and SyncE
  • Low-power Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) support
  • Enterprise-class L2/L2+ scalability

Sampling is underway.

"Network topologies and operations have been transformed by the advent of smart Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) Switching. To respond to market trends and customer requirements, 10 Gigabit Ethernet switching is being rapidly deployed, not only to increase the speed of Ethernet to 10 Gbps but also to lower latency of Layer 2 interconnectivity," said Ram Velaga, Broadcom Senior Vice President & General Manager, Network Switch. "With high performance 10 Gbps, advanced Layer 2 functionality, low power and the flexible I/O configuration, Broadcom's new SoC family is ideal for embedded control plane, backplane, unmanaged and WebSmart switch applications."