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Broadcom unveils enterprise SoC switches

Posted: 30 Jan 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:system-on-chip? switches? StrataXGS? Energy Efficient Ethernet? Ethernet?

Broadcom Corporation, a fabless firm specializing in wireless and broadband communications, has introduced a new portofolio of SoC switches for the enterprise covering data centres to wiring closets.

Nikhil Desai, Broadcom's product line manager, stated that the newest additions to the popular StrataXGS Series simplify the provisioning and monitoring of mobile user traffic. Desai added that StrataXGS provides a secure, seamless and high-speed connection to the enterprise data centre or cloud-computing resource.

The three new StrataXGS members combines gigabit Ethernet switching and routing with an ARM-core, IP firewall, WLAN controller, network virtualisation, 40G stacking, and are designed for connecting the entire enterprise, from wiring closet to datacenter to cloud-storage resources.

Switching and routing 120Gbits per second line-rate from large forwarding tables, the new StrataXGS SoCs also apply deep-packet inspecting techniques to distribute firewall functions across all access ports. Called App-IQ, it allows IT to monitor and control provisioning of wireless access points in a unified view with wired resources.

Broadcom also announced what it claims is the world's smartest switch SoC for small to medium business. As the newest addition to its StrataConnect Series, the latest entry features advanced power management techniques that batch-and-burst network traffic, in order to keep the switch in low-power mode as much as possible.

"StrataConnect is switch system-on-a-chip (SoC) that brings enterprise-class features to the network of the small-to-medium business (SMB)," said Sanjay Kumar, product line director for SMB at Broadcom. "The StrataConnect SoC combines Layer 2 and 3 switching, 16-gigabit Ethernet PHY [physical layer] transceivers and an ARM core onto a single piece of silicon."

The 10Gbit Ethernet switch SoC has scalable table sizes, integrated security features and an ARM core, making the StrataConnect SoC smart enough to extend the Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) protocol by batching and bursting network traffic, which is especially useful in small offices that must support mobile traffic, VoIP phones and cloud services.

- R Colin Johnson
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