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Multiport Ethernet switches boast 160Gbit/s bandwidth

05 Jun 2014

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10G multiport Ethernet switches

Broadcom Corporation added a family of 10G multiport Ethernet switches to its StrataConnect switch portfolio.

The company's new SoC family is designed to improve and future proof 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.

Network equipment managers and service providers are continuously looking at high-speed network technologies to serve growing bandwidth demands, while maintaining low total cost of ownership, flexibility, and agility. To provide Layer 2 connectivity for 4G LTE, storage, micro-server, and SMB markets, the BCM534xx StrataConnect family of products offers high performance and low latency, 160Gbit/s total bandwidth, and 10G Ethernet (GbE) I/O that can be flexibly configured for diverse applications.

When coupled with Broadcom's PHYs, this SoC family enables new generations of cost effective SMB switches either to aggregate uplinks or connect 802.11ac Wave 2 access points.

"To respond to market trends and customer requirements, 10G Ethernet switching is being rapidly deployed, not only to increase the speed of Ethernet to 10Gbit/s but also to lower latency of Layer 2 interconnectivity," said Ram Velaga, Broadcom SVP and general manager, Network Switch.

According to a recent report by Dell'Oro Group, the Layer 2-3 Ethernet Switch market exceeded $22billion in 2013, with most segments achieving record revenues during the year. The new Broadcom switch provides low-power capabilities ideal for product application areas such as SMB 10G aggregation switching, 802.11ac access point switching and high-capacity embedded Layer 2 connectivity.

The BCM534xx family integrates an ARM Cortex-A9 CPU and 10G SerDes, consolidating the functions of multiple chips onto a single chip, resulting in dramatic improvements across the systems from heat, to cost, to power. By leveraging Broadcom's unified APIs for software reuse, the SoCs enable faster time-to-market, and integrated IPv6 support helps customers future-proof the network for next-generation data centres.

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