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Broadcom touts world's first 28nm multi-core comms processor

03 Oct 2012

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Broadcom Corp. has announced a family of low-power multi-core communications processor solutions optimised to meet the performance, scalability and efficiency demands of enterprise, service provider 4G/LTE, data centre, cloud computing and software defined networking (SDN) environments. The Broadcom XLP 200-Series, the world's first 28nm multi-core communications processor family, delivers up to 400 per cent faster performance than competing solutions while lowering power consumption by up to 60 per cent, boasted the company.

Providing optimum performance for data plane, control plane and heterogeneous applications, the XLP 200-Series is the only communications processor family in the industry to combine quad issue, quad threading and 2GHz out-of-order execution capabilities with integrated networking and security acceleration—all in a single-chip solution, the company added.

To address the exponential growth in malware and intrusion threats in the network and cloud, the XLP 200-Series claims to feature the industry's most complete, high performance suite of security features, allowing network managers to thoroughly inspect, encrypt, authenticate and secure Internet traffic at wire speeds. The communications processor is said to be the first to integrate a grammar processing engine, a fourth generation regular expression (RegEx) engine, and a range of autonomous encryption and authentication processing engines to deliver comprehensive Layer 7 deep-packet inspection (DPI) capabilities and complete offload of the compute-intensive security functions from the CPU cores.

The XLP 200-Series is sampling with production volume slated for 2H13. Multiple device options and configurations are available.

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