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GbE switches enable intelligent SMB nets

Posted: 16 Nov 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Broadcom? BCM53700? GbE? switches? ROBOSwitch?

Broadcom Corp. has announced a family of GbE switches that enable intelligent, reliable networks for small-to-medium-sized businesses through a combination of hardware integration and easy-to-use software.

Members of the Broadcom ROBOSwitch device family (BCM53700) range from 16- to 50GbE ports and are said to be the first in the industry to integrate a high-performance MIPS processor. This device family uses WebSuperSmart network configuration software, which enables easy set up and management of the switch.

The integrated MIPS processor reduces the system chip count and overall power consumption by eliminating the need for an external CPU to run software and manage compute-intensive tasks. WebSuperSmart software enables automatic security, QoS and VoIP services. Most importantly, the BCM53700 family simplifies network management so that a person without any prior networking experience can configure and make changes to the network.

"Broadcom's new ROBOSwitch family will enable our customers to develop powerful switches for the SMB market with more advanced features that are easier to use than ever before," said Hanh Nguyen, director of marketing for Broadcom's SMB network switching line of business. "The high level of hardware integration that includes up to 50GbE ports and on-chip MIPS processing, enables Broadcom to deliver a feature-rich solution that is effortless to set up, but keeps system costs at an affordable level."

The Broadcom ROBOSwitch BCM53700 family is available in sample quantities. Production is expected end of Q4 2006.

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