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Ethernet switching silicon enables 100 Tbit/s scalable systems

Posted: 05 Nov 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Ethernet switching? line card? networking?

Broadcom Corporation, provider of communications semiconductors, has just announced their BCM88600 series, the Ethernet switching silicon that enables scalable modular switching platforms with capacity ranging from 100Gbit/s to 100Tbit/s. The BCM88600 series merges the features and functionality of an entire high-performance line card into a single chip, thus ushering a new generation of ultra high bandwidth networking solutions.

Broadcom BCM88600 series Ethernet switching silicon

The BCM88600 series can be utilized to create a variety of network switch solutions, from small fixed configurations to large standalone modular chassis-based solutions. Multiple chassis of different sizes can be interconnected via a two-stage fabric element organization (e.g. FE600), yielding more than 10,000 wire-speed ports of 10GbE or 40GbE/100GbE equivalent. The unified infrastructure empowers system vendors to design a single, scalable product line sharing the same switching infrastructure to answer a variety of densities and applications.

Senior VP & General Manager for Broadcom Network Switching Business Unit, Martin Lund says, "With the BCM88600 series, Broadcom has again enabled Ethernet to outpace other technologies in terms of bandwidth and performance, providing both the scalability and capacity required to develop ultra high-performance networks."

The series is supported by Broadcom's common Application Programming Interface (API). It also features the silicon solution which can process a single stream of 100GbE at Layer 2-Layer 4 with integrated traffic management capabilities. Broadcom says the series meets the needs of specific applications including data centers, enterprise, optical transport networks (OTNs), routers and other service provider systems.

The BCM88600 series is currently sampling.

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