Dual-Port 10GBASE-T Adapter supports full offload.
March 1, 2011 -
Packaged in low-profile PCI Express® form factor, Model BCM957712-T supports both networking and storage traffic over single 10 GbE connection. Based on BCM57712 MAC and BCM84823 PHY components, device brings full offload capabilities to 10 GbE and integrates TCP/IP and iSCSI offload on 10GBASE-T medium. Adapter uses RJ-45 connections for distances up to 100 m, and delivers bi-directional line rate throughput across both ports, and over 1 Million iSCSI IOPS.
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Broadcom Fuels 10GbE Adoption with World's First Dual-Port 10GBASE-T Adapter with Full Offload
New High Performance Solution Delivers Significant Cost and Power Savings to Enterprise Server Farms and Cloud Data Centers
SANTA CLARA, Calif., -- Ethernet Technology Summit -- Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today unveiled the world's first dual-port 10GBASE-T adapter with full offload capabilities (BCM957712-T). Based on Broadcom's award-winning Ethernet technology, the solution represents innovation honed over multiple generations. Packaged in a low-profile PCI Express® form factor, the solution supports both networking and storage traffic over a single 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) connection.
Using cost-effective RJ-45 connections for distances up to 100 meters, the new Broadcom adapter delivers significant cost and power savings to Enterprise server farms and cloud data centers, providing a cost effective transition path from legacy 1GbE devices to 10GbE. According to the January 2011 LightCounting report on 10GBASE-T, total 10GBASE-T ports are expected to increase dramatically between 2011 and 2014, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 233 percent.
Based on Broadcom's proven BCM57712 MAC and BCM84823 PHY components, the new 10GBASET adapter is the first technology to bring full offload capabilities to 10GbE and the first to integrate TCP/IP and iSCSI offload on a 10GBASE-T medium. Tight integration between the MAC and PHY layers and end-to-end interaction between the server and switch provides optimized performance and flexibility. Broadcom will feature the new offering this week at the Ethernet Technology Summit, in booth 301 at the Santa Clara Marriott, Santa Clara, Calif.
By combining its in-house MAC and PHY components, Broadcom has become the first and only company in the industry to deliver a seamlessly integrated, industry-proven, fully-offloaded 10GBASE-T solution - from a single vendor.
10GBASE-T paves the way for mitigating 10GbE deployment costs, and will replace more expensive fiber cables and optical transceivers required by SFP+ solutions. Operating at Gigabit speeds for backward compatibility is a key advantage of 10GBASE-T, delivering a common physical interface that provides full spec compliance and interoperability at 10GbE, while providing a seamless interface to existing infrastructure.
High performance adapter delivers bi-directional line rate throughput across both ports, and over 1Million iSCSI IOPS.
The BCM957712-T adapter is based on Broadcom's complete suite of 10GbE Ethernet controllers featuring the company's leading dual-port MAC and dual-port 10GBASE-T PHY. It utilizes field proven drivers for mainstream operating systems and a comprehensive unified NIC management system using the Broadcom Advanced Control Suite (BACS) management application, providing a single platform for network and storage I/O management.
-- The turnkey adapter operates at 100 meters over CAT6a unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cables. The adapter's 10GBASE-T PHY uses a highly advanced digital signal processor (DSP) based architecture that allows robust operation over UTP wiring. UTP enables the use of structured cabling, a key advantage in delivering the lowest total cost solution within the Data Center.
-- The innovative offload architecture minimizes CPU overhead eliminating competition for host resources while freeing valuable CPU cycles for processing user applications.
-- The iSCSI operation is offloaded and accelerated for block storage resulting in high input/output instructions per second, as well as higher bandwidth.
-- The adapter uses a remote switching system (RSS) to avoid bottlenecks by distributing network processing across multiple CPUs.
The BCM957712-T 10GBASE-T adapter is now sampling to early access customers with production volume expected in calendar Q2 2011.
Kimball Brown, VP Datacom Analyst, LightCounting, LLC
"As more and more virtual machines are run on a given physical server, the aggregate bandwidth for that server grows - driving a clear market need for 10GbE solutions. To date, these solutions have been expensive to deploy due to costly optical cabling architectures, and because dual port 10GBASET technology has not been viable in a server. However, in 2011, dual-port 10GBASE-T adapters such as Broadcom's can now provide support to a much larger market segment due to the inherent flexibility and cost-effectiveness of the RJ-45 connections."
Vinod Lakhani, General Manager, High Speed Controllers, Broadcom Corporation
"With the unrelenting demand for instant access to data and applications, data center managers continue to turn to 10GbE technology to address increased bandwidth requirements. Broadcom's 10GBASE-T adapter packages all the essential elements needed to support the transformation of the data center, by helping customers and end users to significantly cut costs and improve efficiency."
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