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Broadcom GbE controllers suit desktop, mobile PCs

Posted: 24 Oct 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:broadcom? netxtreme? gigabit ethernet controller? gbe controller? bcm5721?

Broadcom Corp. has announced the availability of its family of NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) controllers that implement the PCI Express host interface. The BCM5721, BCM5751, and BCM5751M are designed for use in servers, desktop and mobile PCs, respectively.

Targeted at server platforms, the BCM5721 combines performance enhancements with a PCI Express 1x host interface to enable 2Gbps throughput for demanding server applications. It reduces the total cost of server ownership by supporting the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) 1.5 manageability standard that allows servers to be remotely managed. It also incorporates the company's Advanced Server Program or BASP which offers teaming functions not available from any other GbE controller solution.

The BCM5751 is designed for use with desktop and workstation PCs, and provides advances in client manageability by adding support for the Alerting Standards Forum (ASF) 2.0 specification. This provides IT professionals with automatic alerts when support issues occur and allows them to remotely address these concerns.

Targeting mobile PCs, the BCM5751M offers what the company claims is the industry's smallest footprint. The device can sense how the mobile PC is being utilized and will reduce the power down to the lowest level necessary for that usage. Whether docked or mobile, transmitting data or not, the product's power management logic provides six power-down modes to always use the lowest power possible. Through an integrated Trusted Platform Module (TPM), the BCM5751M also includes support for the Trusted Computing Group 1.1b specification.

Built upon six generations of Gigabit Ethernet media access controller (MAC) and PHY transceiver technology, the BCM5721, BCM5751 and BCM5751M utilize a fully integrated 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet MAC, PCI Express bus interface, on-chip buffer memory, and integrated PHY in a single-chip solution designed specifically for LAN on motherboard (LOM) and network interface card (NIC) applications. The chips are fabricated in a low-voltage, 0.13?m CMOS process that provides low power consumption.

The products are offered in a 196-pin package that measures 15-by-15mm.

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