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Ethernet switch handles up to 64-port 10GbE

Posted: 16 Apr 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:switch? 10GbE? 10Gbit Ethernet? data center?

Broadcom Corp. has released a series of multi-layer Ethernet devices that enable faster connectivity between servers in the data center. The eighth generation of its StrataXGS switch architecture, the new BCM56840 provides up to 64 ports of 10Gbit Ethernet with the flexibility to also support 40Gbit Ethernet.

The new Broadcom BCM56840 series delivers high-performance, sub-microsecond latency and ultralow-power on a single chip, thereby enabling any data centerregardless of sizeto unleash the power of cloud computing.

Designed in 40nm process technology, the BCM56840 series offers high level of integration and converged Ethernet capabilities allowing a silicon solution available for the practical large scale deployment of 10Gbit Ethernet. With 64 ports of 10GbE or 16 ports of 40GbE connectivity, integrated Serdes, and scalable services, the new BCM56840 series is specifically designed to unlock the greater potential of cloud computing and fuel more widespread market adoption of 10Gbit Ethernet.

The series can be used as a foundation element to build next generation top-of-rack switches, blade switches and modular switches. These switches can be tied together to deliver a highly scalable network, interconnecting thousands of servers for enterprise, as well as cloud provider data centers. With cut-through switching and sub-microsecond latency performance, the BCM56840 series is a suitable switch solution for algorithmic trading and high performance compute cluster environments.

In addition, the device provides virtualization support and visibility to individual virtual machines in the network allowing security, access control and QoS policies to be tied to virtual machines. This is critical to enable the large scale deployment of server virtualization and mobility of workloads.

"The new BCM56840 switch series sets the bar and delivers unprecedented levels of integration, reduced power consumption and ultimate performance. This new level of functionality will allow our customers to build innovative products to create the data center of the future," said Martin Lund, senior VP and general manager, Broadcom's network switching line of business.

The BCM56840 switch series is now sampling to early access customers.

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