Broadcom launches 100 Gbps full duplex network processor

The device offers the highest level of integration on the market and eliminates costly external components, as well as dramatically reducing system cost and power by up to 80 percent per 10GbE port.

“Communications and demand for data are driving R&D investment at Broadcom,” explained Dan Harding, Broadcom’s Director of Marketing, Infrastructure & Networking Group. “Data centres are the company’s fastest growing market.”

“The need for bandwidth is posing massive traffic growth challenges for networks. Global IP traffic is expected to grow 18-fold by 2016 and, as a result, the carrier ethernet equipment market could reach $40.2 billion by 2015,” explained Harding.

In 2012, the number of connected devices is set to exceed the world’s population with an estimated 7 billion devices connected to the network and by 2015, 90 percent of content viewed on mobile devices will be streaming video and application downloads are expected to reach 47 billion per year1. To satisfy this overwhelming appetite for bandwidth, service providers around the globe are having to transform their networks by adopting higher bandwidth links. Analysts estimate a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 170 percent from 2011 to 2016 for 100G Ethernet ports as service providers rush to meet this demand.

Recent research from IHS iSuppli found that expenditures on equipment intended to support the rollout of 4G long term evolution (LTE) wireless services are expected to cause China’s total spending on mobile infrastructure gear to peak at $11.2 billion in 2014, rising from $9.9 billion this year.

Built on the proven XGS Core packet processing architecture, the BCM88030 family delivers what the company believes is the industry’s highest performance NPU in a single device. With a powerful array of high-speed processors, extensive multi-threading and hardware acceleration for functions such as packet parsing, classification and look-ups, the BCM88030 product family is a feature-rich application at 100GbE full duplex for complex service provider switching and routing requirements.

The BCM88030 NPU family includes a proprietary algorithmic look up engine using low cost DDR-3 DRAM that enables massive scale for Layer 2, IPv4 and IPv6 tables while significantly reducing system cost. Algorithmic on-chip access control list (ACL) capability is available along with seamless expansion using Broadcom’s industry-leading NL566xx knowledge based processor (KBP).

With a fully programmable forwarding architecture, the BCM88030 family allows network operators to reduce CAPEX by adapting to emerging protocols without the costly redeployment of network equipment.

The BCM88030 family consists of three devices, including the 100 Gbps BCM88038 NPU, the 50 Gbps BCM88034 NPU and the BCM88032 24 Gbps NPU. All devices are now sampling with production volume slated for the second half of 2012.

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