Ethernet Switching IC enables 100 Tbps scalable systems.

Press Release Summary:

Integrating features and functionality of entire line card into one chip, Broadcom® BCM88600 series enables creation of scalable and modular switching platforms with capacity from 100 Gbps to 100 Tbps. Multiple chassis of different sizes can be interconnected via 2-stage fabric element organization, delivering 10,000+ wire-speed ports of 10 GbE or 40/100 GbE equivalent. Single stream of 100 GbE can be processed at Layer 2-4 with integrated traffic management capabilities.

Original Press Release:

Broadcom Introduces Industry's First Ethernet Switching Silicon for 100 Tbps Scalable Systems

New Series First to Support Native 100 Gbps Interfaces and Marks Successful Integration of Dune Networks

IRVINE, Calif. -- Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced the Broadcom® BCM88600 series, the industry's first Ethernet switching silicon to enable scalable modular switching platforms with capacity ranging from 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps) to 100 Terabits per second (Tbps). As a result of increasing video and data traffic, massive scalability and ultra high bandwidth are key requirements for next generation switching infrastructures. Large data centers with thousands of servers will soon require 100 Gbps network connectivity in the core and for interconnecting data centers, while large service provider networks will require core routers with 100 Gbps interfaces. The BCM88600 series integrates the features and functionality of an entire high-performance line card into a single chip, thus enabling a new generation of ultra high bandwidth networking solutions. Today's announcement also marks the successful integration of Dune Networks (acquired December 2009) switch fabric solutions into the Broadcom product portfolio.

Highly Scalable, Flexible Solution

The BCM88600 series can be used to build a variety of network switch solutions, from small fixed configurations to large standalone modular chassis-based solutions. Multiple chassis of different sizes can be seamlessly interconnected via a two-stage fabric element organization (e.g. FE600), delivering more than 10,000 wire-speed ports of 10GbE or 40GbE/100GbE equivalent. The unified infrastructure enables system vendors to build a single, scalable product line sharing the same switching infrastructure to address a variety of densities and applications.

Additional Highlights/Key Facts:

-- The BCM88600 series is supported by Broadcom's common Application Programming Interface (API).
-- The BCM88600 series features the only merchant silicon solution that can process a single stream of 100GbE at Layer 2-Layer 4 with integrated traffic management capabilities.
-- The BCM88600 series offers several variations designed to meet the needs of specific applications including data centers, enterprise, optical transport networks (OTNs), routers and other service provider systems.
-- Broadcom also offers complementary silicon and software solutions for the data center market segment including:
-- BCM56845 - 64-port 10GbE switch, configurable for 40GbE
-- BCM84834 - Quad-port 10GBASE-T PHY
-- BCM57712 - 10GbE dual-port converged network interface controller (C-NIC)
-- BCM8754 - Quad-channel 10GbE SFP+ PHY
-- The BCM88600 series is now sampling to early access customers.

Supporting Quotes:

Jag Bolaria, Senior Analyst, The Linley Group

"Next generation data centers will include tens of thousands of 10GbE servers coupled with 40GbE/100GbE aggregation systems that will push infrastructure performance, density and scalability to new levels. Combined with StrataXGS® switch products, the BCM88600 strengthens Broadcom's position as a supplier of the widest range of silicon products for high-performance switching infrastructure in next generation networks."

Martin Lund, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Broadcom Network Switching Business Unit:

"With the BCM88600 series, Broadcom has again enabled Ethernet to outpace other technologies in terms of bandwidth and performance, providing both the scalability and capacity required to develop ultra high-performance networks. The introduction of the new product series within just ten months post acquisition underscores our ability to successfully integrate acquired technologies into our portfolio without slowing down the pace of innovation."


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