Showing posts with label Broadcom. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Broadcom. Show all posts

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Broadcom intros first Wi-Fi 6E chip for mobiles

Broadcom introduced a Wi-Fi 6E client chip that delivers over 2 Gbps performance with support for the soon-to-be-operational 6 GHz band.

Broadcom's BCM4389 device leverages wider 160 MHz channel bandwidths that double Wi-Fi speeds and cut latency in half compared to Wi-Fi 5. Broadcom said its design builds on the rich feature set of Wi-Fi 6, which includes improved performance in crowded environments, advanced roaming capabilities and increased security.

The chip also utilizes Broadcom’s new tri-band simultaneous (TBS) connectivity architecture to mobile devices. In addition to two main Wi-Fi radios and a MIMO Bluetooth radio, the BCM4389 incorporates a third ultra-low-power independent radio for optimizing Wi-Fi and Bluetooth performance. The three-radio architecture:

Enables always-on Bluetooth discovery for faster pairing with accessories and interference mitigation. Phones and headsets can now pair faster.
Quickly scans for interference-free Wi-Fi networks to connect to while main Wi-Fi radios provide data, voice and video services. Phones seamlessly switch to networks with better Quality-of-Service (QoS).
Improves indoor location accuracy with always-on scanning and little impact on battery life.
Enables the BCM4389 to deliver up to five times better battery utilization than current flagship connectivity solutions.

“At Broadcom, we pride ourselves in delivering technology that defines the market. The BCM4389, the world’s first Wi-Fi 6E mobile chip, is no exception since it paves the way for our wirelessly connected AR/VR future,” said Vijay Nagarajan, vice president of marketing for the Wireless Communications and Connectivity Division at Broadcom. “The BCM4389 delivers on the core advantages of the 6 GHz band, multi-gigabit wireless speeds and very low latency. It also represents a paradigm shift in wireless design thinking with technology that brings glitch-free audio experience with Bluetooth headsets, fast pairing with wireless accessories, accurate indoor location, high battery efficiency and other everyday consumer experiences.”

The BCM4389 key features:

  • Support for 2 streams of Wi-Fi 6E
  • Multi-Radio Bluetooth 5 with antenna beamforming
  • Tri-Band Simultaneous (TBS) architecture including a dedicated background scan radio
  • Simultaneous dual-band operation
  • 2.63 Gbps PHY rate
  • Operation in 2.4 GHz and 5.1-7.125 GHz unlicensed band
  • 160 MHz channel bandwidth
  • 1024-QAM modulation
  • OFDMA
  • MU-MIMO


Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Broadcom pushes out Wi-Fi 6E Access Point solutions for 6 GHz WLAN

Broadcom released a portfolio of Wi-Fi 6E devices that builds on the feature set of Wi-Fi 6, including OFDMA and other multi-user operations for improved performance in crowded environments, advanced roaming and increased security.

Wi-Fi 6E extends the Wi-Fi 6 standard to support the soon-to-be-operational 6 GHz band. This new band enables up to 1,200 MHz of spectrum for Wi-Fi use, which WLAN access point (AP) manufacturers can leverage to deliver faster speeds, higher capacity and lower latency with no congestion from legacy devices.

"As momentum accelerates around availability of 6 GHz, Broadcom is excited to be on the forefront of Wi-Fi technology paving the way for ecosystem adoption of Wi-Fi 6E. With the industry's broadest portfolio of Wi-Fi 6E silicon, we will enable our customers to build a variety of products that unlock the tremendous potential of 6 GHz spectrum. This announcement demonstrates Broadcom’s continued leadership and unwavering commitment in driving the next Wi-Fi evolution for enterprise and residential WLAN as well as mobile devices,” said Greg Fischer, senior vice president and general manager of the Broadband Carrier Access Products Division at Broadcom.

Enterprise 6 GHz Wi-Fi AP Solutions

  • BCM43694 — 4x4 Dual Band Wi-Fi 6E SoC with 160-MHz Channel Support
  • BCM43693 — 3x3 Tri-Band Wi-Fi 6E SoC with 80-MHz Channel Support
  • BCM43692 — 2x2 Tri-Band Wi-Fi 6E SoC with 80-MHz Channel Support
  • BCM47622 — Dual 2x2 Wi-Fi 6E SoC with Arm Processor

Residential 6 GHz Wi-Fi AP Solutions

  • BCM43684 — 4x4 Wi-Fi 6E SoC with 160-MHz Channel Support
  • BCM6710 — 3x3 Wi-Fi 6E SoC with 80-MHz Channel Support
  • BCM6705 — 2x2 Wi-Fi 6E SoC with 80-MHz Channel Support
  • BCM6755 — Dual 2x2 Wi-Fi 6E SoC with Arm Processor


https://www.broadcom.com/products/wireless/wireless-lan-infrastructure

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Broadcom posts revenue of $5.78 billion, up 6% yoy

Broadcom reported quarterly net revenue of $5,776 million, 4.7 percent higher than $5,515 million in the previous quarter and 6.1 percent higher than $5,444 million in the same quarter last year.

Gross margin 54.6 percent of net revenue. Operating income was $1,054 million, or 18.2 percent of net revenue. This compares with operating income of $865 million, or 15.7 percent of net revenue, in the prior quarter, and operating income of $1,652 million, or 30.3 percent of net revenue, in the same quarter last year. Net income was $847 million, or $1.97 per diluted share. This compares with net income of $715 million, or $1.71 per diluted share, in the prior quarter, and net income of $1,115 million, or $2.64 per diluted share, in the same quarter last year.

The results do not include the Symantec Enterprise Security business, which Broadcom acquired on November 4, 2019.

On an annual basis, the semiconductor business declined 8% yoy, offset by gains in the infrastructure software business. All silicon categories declined for the year, with the exception of networking.

"Fiscal year 2019 concluded as expected. Our semiconductor solutions segment continued to work its way through a cyclical correction. This was more than offset by our infrastructure software segment, which delivered healthy results benefitting from the integration and performance of our CA business," said Hock Tan, President and CEO of Broadcom Inc. "Looking to fiscal 2020, we remain well-positioned across our technology franchises. We continue to believe that our core semiconductor business is bottoming and will return to year over year growth in the second half of our fiscal year. In addition, we expect to benefit from the integration of the Symantec Enterprise Security business into what is otherwise expected to be a stable infrastructure software segment in fiscal 2020."

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Broadcom ships its 25.6 Tbps Tomahawk 4

Broadcom has begun commercial shipments of its 25.6 Tbps StrataXGS Tomahawk 4 Ethernet switching silicon -- representing double the bandwidth of any other switch silicon currently on the market.

The 25.6 Tbps capacity enables port densities of up to 64 × 400GbE, 128 × 200GbE, 256 × 100GbE, 256 × 40GbE, 256 × 25GbE, or 256 × 10GbE ports.

Tomahawk 4, which is implemented in 7nm technology with 512 50G PAM4 SerDes, arrives less than two years after the previous 12.8Tbps product generation.

Tomahawk 4 is designed for the backbone for the next generation of hyperscale data center networks.

Broadcom said its Tomahawk 4 accelerates the adoption of 100/200/400GbE Ethernet solutions at a point where optics utilizing 50G PAM4 electrical connectivity are shipping in high volumes.

“The Tomahawk franchise is the flagship for cutting-edge, single-chip performance and integration among Broadcom’s multi-vectored Ethernet switch silicon portfolio, tailored to the unique and rigorous demands of hyperscale data center operators,” said Ram Velaga, senior vice president and general manager, Core Switching Group, Broadcom. “We are proud of our world-class engineering team for innovating and delivering the 25.6Tbps Tomahawk 4 chip in less than two years after we released Tomahawk 3.  Broadcom is proving yet again that customers can rely on us to lead the industry on switch silicon performance and execution at every generation.”

Key points for StrataXGS Tomahawk 4:

  • Enables the next generation of high-throughput, low latency hyperscale networks with 64 ports of 400GbE switching and routing.
  • World’s highest radix of 100GbE ports: 256 ports supported on a single chip, enabling low-latency, single-hop networks for massive alternative compute clusters.
  • Robust connectivity using 512 instances of the industry’s highest performance and longest-reach 50G PAM4 SerDes core, enabling long-reach East-West optical links and Direct-Attached-Copper in-rack cabling in the data center.
  • The industry’s most advanced 25.6Tbps shared-buffer architecture, offering up to 5X higher incast absorption and providing the highest performance and lowest end-to-end latency for RoCEv2 workloads.
  • New advanced load balancing mechanisms, virtually eliminating hash polarization and providing extremely efficient, controllable link utilization.
  • Advanced congestion management, enabling new traffic management paradigms.
  • Industry-leading instrumentation including IFA 2.0 for inband telemetry, postcards for out-of-band telemetry, SerDes link quality meters, and visibility into all on-chip packet drops and congestion events.
  • Four 1 GHz ARM processors for high-bandwidth, fully-programmable streaming telemetry and sophisticated embedded applications such as on-chip statistics summarization.
  • Implemented in a monolithic 7nm die.


Broadcom also announced the introduction of Broadcom Open Network Switch APIs (OpenNSA), opening its SDK APIs for StrataXGS and StrataDNX products. Multiple open source network operating system initiatives are underway in the disaggregation ecosystem, focused on hyperscale and service provider markets. OpenNSA enables these initiatives on merchant silicon and allows the larger community to build on top of these efforts. OpenNSA also expands Open Compute Project efforts, like Switch Abstraction Interface (SAI), by simplifying the process of translating SAI APIs to Broadcom SDK APIs. Moreover, OpenNSA accelerates the SDN ecosystem by enhancing the toolset available for the developer community.

https://www.broadcom.com/products/ethernet-connectivity/switching/strataxgs/bcm56990-series

Monday, November 4, 2019

Broadcom completes acquisition of Symantec Enterprise Security

Broadcom completed its previously-announced acquisition of Symantec's Enterprise Security Business.

The acquired product portfolio includes enterprise endpoint security, web security services, cloud security and data loss prevention.

The deal was valued at $10.7 billion in cash when it was first announced in August.

Symantec's Enterprise Security business will now operate as the Symantec Enterprise division of Broadcom and will be led by Art Gilliland as SVP and General Manager. Mr. Gilliland most recently served as General Manager of Symantec's Enterprise Security business where he oversaw the Enterprise Security product and engineering teams, Enterprise Security Worldwide Sales and the Enterprise Security customer support organization. He brings more than 20 years of experience in the security software industry.

"Today represents an important milestone as Symantec's Enterprise Security business joins our other semiconductor and software franchises that together form the Broadcom platform," said Hock Tan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Broadcom. "Symantec's Enterprise Security business expands our footprint of mission critical infrastructure software for the Global 2000. We are pleased to welcome the talented team of employees at Symantec Enterprise Security to the Broadcom family."

Monday, October 14, 2019

Broadcom packs up to sixteen 10G PON interfaces on a single device

Broadcom began sampling a new family of optical line termination (OLT) PON MAC devices with up to sixteen XGS-PON, NGPON-2, or 10GEPON interfaces.

Broadcom said its BCM68650 is the first commercially available merchant silicon solution optimized for the highest density 10G PON OLTs.

Also shipping with the BCM68650 is Broadcom’s latest OLT line card development suite, the Broadband Adaptation Layer (BAL).

BCM68650 Product Highlights

  • Up to 16 ports of XGS-PON, NG-PON2 or 10G EPON interfaces
  • Extensive support for multi-PON co-existence allowing operators to seamlessly introduce 10G PON on top of their existing PON services
  • Comprehensive line card software development environment via the Broadband Adaptation Layer, speeding time to market with a ready-built OLT management interface


https://www.broadcom.com/products/broadband/xpon/bcm68650

Broadcom intros 3x3 Wi-Fi 6 chip

Broadcom began sampling a 3x3 Wi-Fi 6 chip designed for WLAN applications including Wi-Fi routers, residential gateways, wireless range extenders, and set-top boxes. The device is the first 3x3 Wi-Fi 6 solution supporting three transmit and three receive streams in 2.4-GHz, 5-GHz and future 6-GHz bands. With the 6-GHz Wi-Fi capability, the chip paves the way for high-bandwidth, low-latency applications, such as 4K UHD video streaming, real-time immersive gaming, and augmented reality (AR).

BCM6710 Product Highlights

  • Full compliance to IEEE and WFA 802.11ax specifications
  • 3 Tx and 3 Rx chains
  • Selective 2.4-GHz, 5-GHz, or 6-GHz band operation
  • 1024 QAM modulation
  • Uplink & downlink OFDMA
  • MU-MIMO

“A year ago Broadcom announced the production launch of BCM43684 – its flagship 4x4 Wi-Fi 6 radio for residential gateways and access points. Following that Broadcom has announced and delivered multiple SoCs with one or two 2x2 Wi-Fi 6 radios integrated,” said Greg Fischer, senior vice president and general manager of the Broadband Carrier Access Products Division at Broadcom. “With the addition of BCM6710 to the portfolio, Broadcom allows customers to build a diverse set of high-performance Wi-Fi 6 products, which are optimized for both cost and form factor.”

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Broadcom delivers dual 400G MACSec PHY

Broadcom is now shipping a dual 400G MACSec PHY with AES-256 designed to address security requirements for high speed interconnects in modern network infrastructure including hyper-scale, cloud, service provider and enterprise networks.

Broadcom's BCM81343 quadruples the switch bandwidth capability of the previous generation duall 100G MACSec PHY by offering dual 400G ports. The device supports the IEEE 1588 precision time protocol (PTP) providing accurate clock timing for time-sensitive transactions and mission-critical tasks.

BCM81343 Product Highlights

  • Dual 400GbE PHY supporting CDAUI8, CDAUI4 electrical interfaces for QSFP-DD & OSFP optical modules
  • Supports MACSec in applications from 10G to 400G
  • Support MACSec in both 400G retiming & 400G<->100G (reverse gearbox) applications
  • IEEE 802.1AE 256-bit MACSec supporting data rates from 10G to 400G
  • IEEE 1588 supporting up to Class-C to meet stringent 5G timing requirements
  • Proven interoperability with Broadcom switch ASICs and ASSPs using 28-Gbaud PAM-4 and NRZ SerDes
  • Pin-compatible to Broadcom’s standard 400G reverse gearbox and retimer devices for easy upgrade
  • Low power 16nm CMOS technology 


“Data privacy and security have become critical in the data center and cloud infrastructure given the increasing number of security breaches. As cloud and service providers transition their networks to 400G Ethernet to support the growing demand for higher bandwidth and emerging 5G services, it’s imperative that their 400G networks be equipped with 400G MACSec to protect against intrusion attacks, wiretapping and other threats,” said Lorenzo Longo, senior vice president and general manager of the Physical Layer Products Division at Broadcom. “Expanding upon Broadcom’s industry-leading 400G PAM-4 PHY portfolio, the BCM81343 is the first commercial 400G MACSec PHY that delivers up to 800G of switch bandwidth with PTP time-stamping for 5G applications.”

Monday, September 2, 2019

Broadcom announces PCIe Gen 4.0 switch and retimer

Broadcom's new PCIe Gen 4.0 ExpressFabric switch family, including switches and a retimer, has entered commercial production.

The new PEX88000 switch family ranges from 26 to 98 lanes and ports and is designed for high-throughput and low-latency applications such as deep learning, high performance computing (HPC) and NVMe all-flash arrays.

The PEX88T32 retimer is based on Broadcom's existing PCIe Gen 4.0 SerDes IP that has been used in a wide-variety of Broadcom connectivity and storage solutions, and offers seamless integration with PCIe switches.

"The growth of data center workloads and applications continues to scale at a rapid pace, as machine learning and data inference platforms create new ways to transfer, analyze, optimize, store and use data. The adoption of innovative, next-generation technologies is vital for the creation and sustainability of smarter, optimized data centers," said Jas Tremblay, vice president and general manager of the Data Center Solutions Group at Broadcom. "The PEX88000 family of switches and retimer equip the ecosystem with the critical building blocks needed to scale connectivity using PCIe Gen 4.0 inside data centers, resulting in improved performance, efficiency and throughput."

Since its initial sampling in 2018, the PEX88000 switch family has been tested extensively. The PEX88000 family of switches and retimer are essential to interconnect GPGPUs, compute accelerators, CPUs, SSDs and NICs in data intensive, and latency sensitive applications.

https://www.broadcom.com/products/pcie-switches-bridges/expressfabric/gen4 

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Broadcom debuts PCIe 4.0 Ethernet Adapters and Fibre Channel HBAs for AMD EPYC

Broadcom's NetXtreme E-Series Ethernet adapters and Emulex LPe35000-series HBAs are now supporting new AMD EPYC 7002 Series Processor-based systems- the world’s first x86 data center CPU with PCIe 4.0.

Broadcom says its 200GbE NetXtreme E-series and Gen 7 32GFC LPe35000-series are the world’s first portfolio of Ethernet adapters and Fibre Channel HBAs with support for PCIe 4.0.

“Thor and AMD EPYC 7002 Series Processors provide the best performing and most secure Ethernet connectivity and compute platform in the industry,” said Ed Redmond, senior vice president and general manager, Compute and Connectivity Division, Broadcom. “Thor, with 200GbE bandwidth and silicon root of trust, running on AMD PCIe 4.0 platforms, enable the industry to achieve greater levels of performance and security for hyperscale and enterprise data centers.”

“The Emulex LPe35000 HBA with PCIe 4.0 and NVMe over Fibre Channel doubles mission-critical workload bandwidth, while cutting host CPU utilization in half,” said Jeff Hoogenboom, general manager, Emulex Connectivity Division, Broadcom. “We are excited to work with AMD and our OEM customers to deliver the fastest, most secure Fibre Channel HBAs for enterprise workloads.”

Broadcom is now sampling Thor-based dual-port 100GbE and single-port 100GbE OCP 3.0, OCP 2.0, and PCIe NIC adapters to qualified customers.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Network Infrastructure for Next Gen Central Offices (NGCO)

The Next Gen Cental Office (NGCO) is an amazing opportunity and a confluence of vision and product development, says Rochan Sankar, Senior Director, Switch Products, Broadcom.

NGCO requires virtualization and cloudification of the underlying network. The Ethernet-based interconnects for this infrastructure presents many opportunities for innovation.

A "2019 Next-Generation Central Office  Report" from AvidThink is available for download. It covers the evolution in NGCO, recent trends, and key projects like CORD and VCO, as well as the role of the NGCO in new applications in edge computing and SD-WAN/vCPE.

https://nginfrastructure.com/

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

European Commission opens investigation into Broadcom

The European Commission opened a formal antitrust investigation to assess whether Broadcom may be restricting competition through exclusivity practices with its set-top box and modem chipsets.

The Commission said it believes that Broadcom may be implementing a range of exclusionary practices, including (i) setting exclusive purchasing obligations, (ii) granting rebates or other advantages conditioned on exclusivity or minimum purchase requirements, (iii) product bundling, (iv) abusive IP-related strategies and (v) deliberately degrading interoperability between Broadcom products and other products.

EU law prohibits the abuse of a dominant market position to affect trade within the EU and prevent or restrict competition.

Margrethe Vestager, Commissioner in charge of competition policy, said "We suspect that Broadcom, a major supplier of components for these devices, has put in place contractual restrictions to exclude its competitors from the market. This would prevent Broadcom's customers and, ultimately, final consumers from reaping the benefits of choice and innovation. We also intend to order Broadcom to halt its behaviour while our investigation proceeds, to avoid any risk of serious and irreparable harm to competition."

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-19-3410_en.htm

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Broadcom expects slowdown due to geopolitical issues and export restrictions

Broadcom reported revenue of $5,517 million for its second quarter of fiscal year 2019, ended May 5, 2019, a decrease of 4.7 percent from $5,789 million in the previous quarter and an increase of 10.0 percent from $5,014 million in the same quarter last year. Gross margin was $3,089 million, or 56.0 percent of net revenue. Net income, which includes the impact of discontinued operations, was $691 million, or $1.64 per diluted share. This compares with net income of $471 million, or $1.12 per diluted share, in the prior quarter, and net income of $3,733 million, or $8.33 per diluted share, in the same quarter last year.

Semiconductor solutions represent 74% of revenue, while infrastructure software represented 26% of sales.

"We executed according to plan in the second quarter with tailwinds from networking offsetting the anticipated headwinds from wireless," said Hock Tan, President and CEO of Broadcom Inc. "We currently see a broad-based slowdown in the demand environment, which we believe is driven by continued geopolitical uncertainties, as well as the effects of export restrictions on one of our largest customers. As a result, our customers are actively reducing their inventory levels, and we are taking a conservative stance for the rest of the year. We remain well-positioned across our various semiconductor and software businesses and are confident this portfolio of franchises will continue to drive sustained long-term revenue growth and increasing free cash flow."

"We achieved record free cash flow of $2.5 billion growing 20% year over year in the second quarter," said Tom Krause, CFO of Broadcom Inc. "Despite the challenging market backdrop and updated revenue outlook, we still expect to grow free cash flow by a double-digit percentage for the year. In addition, we remain focused on completing a total of $8 billion of share repurchases and eliminations in fiscal 2019.

On a conference call Hock Tan, President and CEO of Broadcom said:

A recovery had been expected in 2H19, but the U.S. / China trade tensions, and the Huawei ban in particular, has caused global equipment suppliers to cut back on orders. Global OEM customers are very nervous even though North American and European spending on networking remains robust. In the short term, the Huawei ban will be very impactful to the overall market because there are no other qualified vendors able to step up as OEM suppliers. If the ban remain in place for over 6 months or so, he expacts a re-balancing of market share as other global OEM increase orders with Broadcom to meet market demand.

For 2H19, sales are expected to the $17.5 billion, representing a decline in the high single digits. He noted that Broadcom's fundamentals remain strong, that the high-end networking silicon segment remains strong notwithstanding the Huawei ban. He said the company is well positioned for 5G and that he is pleased with the ramp-up of Wi-Fi 6.

http://investors.broadcom.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=203541&p=irol-IRHome


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Broadcom ships 7nm Trident 4 programmable Ethernet switching silicon

Broadcom is now shipping its StrataXGS Trident 4 BCM56880 switch silicon with capacity scaling from 2.0 to 12.8 terabits per second (Tb/s). The new silicon, which boasts the industry’s highest Ethernet switching performance, also brings compiler-programmable packet processing and telemetry capabilities as well as compatibility with earlier generation Trident chips. This enables enterprises to utilize merchant silicon-based systems throughout their networks, from campus access and aggregation to data center top-of-rack and spine.

Trident 4 deliver 4x the bandwidth of Trident 3, which was introduced in June 2017. It also supports >5x the routes, >10x ACLs, and > 1 million counters.

Trident 4 also features runtime programmability, which allows numerous functions to be updated while the switch is in operation, without down time or dropped packets. For example, access control policy tables, size and type of telemetry metadata, packet trace, and packet drop can all be modified with no disturbance to packet flow.


Broadcom holds the dominant market share of the Ethernet switching silicon market.

“Trident 4 is delivering a 4x increase in bandwidth versus its predecessor Trident 3 in less than two years,” said Ram Velaga, senior vice president and general manager of the Switch Products Division at Broadcom. “Consistent, industry-leading innovation and execution by Broadcom is disrupting the economics of how networks are built today. We are thankful for our engineering team and strong partner ecosystem for helping bring these products and solutions to the market at a price/performance that is a fraction of the current systems.”

Key attributes and benefits of the new StrataXGS Trident 4 series include:

  •  Up to 128x100GbE or 32x400GbE switching and routing with a compiler-programmable architecture 
  • Provides the flexibility to implement both standard Ethernet switch/routing and advanced network functionality such as DDoS protection, application load balancing, and large-scale NAT
  • Enterprise-grade feature set with a high degree of feature concurrency 
  • Industry-leading packet buffer and database sizes 
  • Extensive programmable in-band telemetry including support for IFA 2.0 (In-band Flow Analyzer version 2)
  • Four GHz-class processors on chip enabling powerful out-of-band (streaming) telemetry and a variety of Broadcom-provided embedded applications
  • A wide variety of load balancing and congestion management features including Dynamic Load Balancing, Dynamic Group Multipathing, Resilient Hashing, LatencyBased ECN marking, and Elephant Flow detection and re-prioritization • Architecture scalability for bandwidth requirements throughout the enterprise network: SKUs available at 2.0T to 12.8T, all supported with the same NOS and hardware code base
  • Broadview Gen 4 integrated network instrumentation feature set and software suite, providing full visibility to network operators into packet flow behavior, traffic management state, and switch internal performance
  • Robust connectivity using up to 256 instances of the industry’s best performing, longest-reach 50G PAM-4 integrated SerDes core, enabling a wide variety of optical and direct attached copper (DAC) linksIndustry’s first switch chip implemented all in 7nm process technology


https://www.broadcom.com/products

Broadcom samples first 7nm 400G PAM-4 PHY

Broadcom began sampling its 7nm 400G PAM-4 PHY device for hyperscale data center and cloud infrastructure.

The BCM87400 device, which leverages Broadcom’s 7nm Centenario 112G PAM-4 DSP platform, provides 400G 8:4 gearbox performance.

Broadcom says its 7nm 400G PHY solution delivers significant power savings compared to existing 16nm PHYs, thereby enabling sub-8W optical modules, compared to 12W power dissipation current generations 16nm PHYs.

7nm Centenario PAM-4 DSP Highlights

  • Industry leading DSP performance and power efficiency enabling DR4/FR4 optical modules to meet IEEE standards and MSA specifications
  • DSP platform supporting DR/FR optical modules for legacy switch applications
  • Client-side interface compliance to CEI-28G/56G LR specification supporting long reach (LR) channels
  • IEEE 802.3bs standard-compliant KP4 and end-to-end FEC bypass operation
  • Proven PAM-4 architecture supporting multiple optics front ends including EML, DML and silicon photonics
  • Optimized design with proven interoperability with Broadcom switch ASICs and ASSPs using 28Gbaud PAM-4 and NRZ SerDes architecture

Broadcom confirms mass production of 12.8 Tbps Tomahawk 3 Switch

Broadcom's StrataXGS Tomahawk 3 switch series is now in mass production.

The Tomahawk 3 series supports high-density, line-rate 400GbE, 200GbE, 100GbE, and 50GbE interconnect for massive scale-out of software-defined cloud data centers. The Tomahawk 3 switch series features multiple devices at 12.8Tbps, 8.0 Tbps, and 6.4 Tbps based on the industry’s most performant 50G PAM4 / 25G NRZ SerDes technology. All devices in the series have completed extensive functional, performance, and reliability testing and have been qualified for volume production.

“We are delighted and humbled by the widespread adoption of Tomahawk 3 based switching solutions in cloud infrastructure,” said Ram Velaga, senior vice president and general manager, Switch Products at Broadcom. “Our engineering team has executed to the demands of the largest cloud operators globally, including the most rigorous system and network-level qualification requirements – both in our labs and in customer testbeds. Network operators are able to immediately deploy Tomahawk 3 based fabrics, at scale, and with confidence.”

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Broadcom samples Automotive Multilayer Ethernet Switches

Broadcom has begun sampling a new family of automotive multilayer Ethernet switches designed for time-sensitive networking (TSN) requirements of autonomous and connected vehicles. In addition, Broadcom has begun shipping production quantities of its automotive 1000BASE-T1 PHY transceiver device for Gigabit Ethernet on single-pair UTP cables for in-car networking applications.

Broadcom said its new BCM8956X switches, which are offered in various port configurations with and with integrated 100BASE-T1 and 1000BASE-T1 PHYs, allow customers to have scalable and cost-effective designs for automotive gateway, ADAS and infotainment applications.

The integrated PCIe interface provides high bandwidth connectivity to the host processor, while the on-chip Layer 3 flow accelerator offloads the host processor from compute-intensive routing operations. Furthermore, the BCM8956X is packed with advanced multilevel security features including dedicated hardware security module (HSM) block for line rate encryption, L2 anti-hack, deep packet inspection, and intrusion prevention reporting.

Broadcom's BCM8988X is a 1000BASE-T1 PHY with integrated BroadR-Secure functionality, which authenticates each packet transmitted and received on either end of the link using secure keys. The company said its BCM8988X has undergone rigorous IEEE 802.3bp compliance testing by the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL). The device has passed critical IEEE 802.3bp PHY compliance requirements test for which Broadcom is sharing the test reports with its lead customers. The BCM8988x 1000BASE-T1 PHY incorporates DSP and AFE technology, enabling superior EMC and EMI performance, fast link-up time, low power consumption and robust signal integrity over UTP cables.

"With the availability of Broadcom’s industry leading secure multilayer switch and Gigabit PHY, automotive manufacturers can now design and build a gamut of Gigabit Ethernet systems to address high speed secure networking applications,” said Ali Abaye, senior director of marketing for the Physical Layer Products Division at Broadcom. “As vehicles become increasingly advanced, Broadcom continues to spearhead high speed Automotive Ethernet developments to support secure networks to proliferate new applications such as 5G, artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous driving."

https://www.broadcom.com/company/news/product-releases/2392007

Thursday, March 14, 2019

OCP 2019: Broadcom intros OCP NIC 3.0 adapters

Broadcom introduced OCP NIC 3.0 adapters supporting the full range of data rates and interfaces from 1GbE to 200GbE. The portfolio includes a wide selection of Ethernet adapter cards with 1-, 2- and 4-port configurations.

The new 100GbE and 200GbE adapters, which are based on Broadcom's NetXtreme E-Series Ethernet controllers, also feature Broadcom’s Thor multi-host controller that has the industry’s best performing 56G PAM-4 SerDes and PCIe 4.0 interface. Sampling is underway.

“OCP NIC 3.0 provides a unified specification and form factor for connecting server and storage systems,” said Ed Redmond, senior vice president and general manager of the Compute and Connectivity Division at Broadcom. “With strong customer demand and virtually unanimous industry backing for this unified solution, our complete portfolio of OCP NIC 3.0 adapters facilitates broad adoption of this new form factor and drives further innovation in high performance computing and storage applications to address an ever-increasing demand for bandwidth.”

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Thoma Bravo buys Veracode from Broadcom for $950 million

Thoma Bravo, completed its previously announced acquisition of Veracode Software, a provider in next-generation application security testing (AST), from Broadcom in an all-cash transaction valued at $950 million.

Veracode's SaaS platform and integrated solutions assist security teams and software developers with finding and fixing security-related defects throughout the software development lifecycle. Veracode's innovative approach allows its rapidly growing customer base to identify and resolve critical vulnerabilities while ensuring regulatory compliance without sacrificing speed or innovation.

"At a time when the need for application security could not be any greater, we are pleased to be partnering with Thoma Bravo, an investment firm that has a strong track record in security and that recognizes the importance of fueling continued innovation to further extend our leadership position," said Sam King, CEO, Veracode. "The team at Veracode is excited about this next phase in our journey, and we are looking forward to continuing our mission of securing the world's software and helping security teams and developers create great software that is also secure software."

Thoma Bravo noted its extensive experience investing in the cybersecurity software sector. It has completed more than 30 total acquisitions of enterprise security companies to date, including SailPoint (NASDAQ: SAIL), Barracuda Networks, LogRhythm, Bomgar, BlueCoat Systems, SonicWall and Entrust.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Broadcom completes acquisition of CA Technologies

Broadcom completed its previously announced acquisition of CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA).

CA will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Broadcom.

"Today, we are pleased to complete this transaction, which strengthens Broadcom's position as a leading provider of semiconductor and infrastructure software solutions and enables us to better serve our customers," said Hock Tan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Broadcom. "Broadcom has a track record of successfully integrating and growing the businesses we acquire. We believe this transaction will enable us to offer customers a leading portfolio of best-in-class solutions across a diverse set of technologies. We intend to invest in and grow the CA business to further enhance its capabilities in mission-critical infrastructure software solutions."


Broadcom to acquire CA Technologies for $18.9 billion

Broadcom agreed to acquire CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) for $44.50 per share in cash, representing an enterprise value of $18.9 billion -- a premium of approximately 20% to the closing price of CA common stock on July 11, 2018.

CA, which was founded by Charles Wang and Russell Artzt in 1976 and formerly known as Computer Associates,  is one of the world's leading providers of information technology (IT) management software and solutions. The company is based in New York City and is primarily known for its B2B mainframe, distributed computing, and enterprise software.

Broadcom notes that CA benefits from predictable and recurring revenues with the average duration of bookings exceeding three years.

Hock Tan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Broadcom, said, "This transaction represents an important building block as we create one of the world's leading infrastructure technology companies. With its sizeable installed base of customers, CA is uniquely positioned across the growing and fragmented infrastructure software market, and its mainframe and enterprise software franchises will add to our portfolio of mission critical technology businesses. We intend to continue to strengthen these franchises to meet the growing demand for infrastructure software solutions."

"We are excited to have reached this definitive agreement with Broadcom," said Mike Gregoire, CA Technologies Chief Executive Officer. "This combination aligns our expertise in software with Broadcom's leadership in the semiconductor industry. The benefits of this agreement extend to our shareholders who will receive a significant and immediate premium for their shares, as well as our employees who will join an organization that shares our values of innovation, collaboration and engineering excellence. We look forward to completing the transaction and ensuring a smooth transition."


Broadcom sells its Veracode business for $950 million

Thoma Bravo, a leading private equity investment firm, will acquire Veracode, the leading provider in next-generation application security testing (AST), from Broadcom for $950 million in cash.

Veracode's SaaS platform and integrated solutions help security teams and software developers find and fix security-related defects at all points in the software development lifecycle. Veracode serves more than 2,000 customers across a wide range of industries, including nearly one-third of the Fortune 100, and more than 20 of Forbes' 100 Most Valuable Brands.

"Software security is one of the most consequential issues facing companies as they look to compete in the digital economy. We are proud that our SaaS security platform combines multiple application security testing solutions, helping our customers around the world secure the software powering their companies and enabling them to focus on their core business objectives," said Sam King, current Senior Vice President and General Manager of Veracode, who will become the CEO of Veracode following the close of the transaction. "Partnering with Thoma Bravo, a proven security software investor, is expected to extend our market reach and further fuel our innovation so that we can offer the broadest software security platform and empower us to accelerate growth — all to allow us to transform the way companies achieve their software security goals."

Thoma Bravo noted its extensive experience investing in the cybersecurity software sector. It has completed more than 30 total acquisitions of enterprise security companies to date, including SailPoint (NASDAQ: SAIL), Barracuda Networks, LogRhythm, Bomgar, BlueCoat Systems, SonicWall and Entrust.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Broadcom samples first 7nm 400G PAM-4 PHY

Broadcom began sampling its 7nm 400G PAM-4 PHY device for hyperscale data center and cloud infrastructure.

The BCM87400 device, which leverages Broadcom’s 7nm Centenario 112G PAM-4 DSP platform, provides 400G 8:4 gearbox performance.

Broadcom says its 7nm 400G PHY solution delivers significant power savings compared to existing 16nm PHYs, thereby enabling sub-8W optical modules, compared to 12W power dissipation current generations 16nm PHYs.

7nm Centenario PAM-4 DSP Highlights

  • Industry leading DSP performance and power efficiency enabling DR4/FR4 optical modules to meet IEEE standards and MSA specifications
  • DSP platform supporting DR/FR optical modules for legacy switch applications
  • Client-side interface compliance to CEI-28G/56G LR specification supporting long reach (LR) channels
  • IEEE 802.3bs standard-compliant KP4 and end-to-end FEC bypass operation
  • Proven PAM-4 architecture supporting multiple optics front ends including EML, DML and silicon photonics
  • Optimized design with proven interoperability with Broadcom switch ASICs and ASSPs using 28Gbaud PAM-4 and NRZ SerDes architecture

“With the general availability of 12.8-Tb/s switches such as Broadcom’s Tomahawk 3, hyper-scale data center operators and cloud providers will be leveraging the 400GbE ports in these switches to address increasing demand for higher bandwidth. Our low power 7nm Centenario PAM-4 DSP is essential to support high density 400G connectivity using QSFP-DD and OSFP optical modules, accelerating the adoption of 400GbE network infrastructure,” said Lorenzo Longo, senior vice president and general manager of the Physical Layer Products Division at Broadcom. “The currently available 16nm 400G PHYs have been used to enable engineering prototypes and testing of 100G per lambda optical components. Our 7nm Centenario 400G PHY enables high volume deployment of 400G optical modules in hyper-scale data centers.”

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