Broadcom offers 10G EPON ONU SoC

JANUARY 5, 2011 -- Broadcom Corp. (Nasdaq: BRCM) has unveiled the Broadcom BCM55030 SoC. The company asserts the device is the industry's first 10 Gigabit (10G) Ethernet passive optical network (EPON) optical network unit (ONU) system-on-a-chip (SoC).

JANUARY 5, 2011 -- Broadcom Corp. (Nasdaq: BRCM) has unveiled the Broadcom BCM55030 SoC. The company asserts the device is the industry's first 10 Gigabit (10G) Ethernet passive optical network (EPON) optical network unit (ONU) system-on-a-chip (SoC).

By leveraging the company’s support for multiple logical link identifiers per ONU and quality of service (QoS) feature set, the 10G EPON BCM55030 is capable of managing simultaneous transport of traffic from residences alongside business services and cell tower backhaul services, all over a common infrastructure. This means time-sensitive mobile backhaul traffic and synchronization data may share the 10G EPON network with video, voice, and Internet data without added delays.

Broadcom has targeted the BCM55030 for 10G EPON customer premises equipment such as enterprise routers, MDU systems, and home gateways. It also can be used to support 4G/LTE mobile backhaul applications.

Features of the BCM55030 include:

  • 10 Gbps media access controller
  • 10 Gbps EPON serializers/deserializers and forward error correction
  • a four-port Gigabit Ethernet switch
  • traffic management
  • on-chip memory for both CPU and packet buffers, resulting in no external memory components.

The device is designed to comply with the new IEEE 802.3av 10G EPON standard including support for 10G EPON and 1G EPON co-existence on the same fiber. The chip supports both 10G/10G and 10G/1G symmetric modes of operation.

Broadcom says it has already begun sampling the BCM55030 SoC to early access customers.

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