Broadcom introduces fast single-chip Ethernet switch

Broadcom Corp., provider of semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, announced a new series of multilayer Ethernet devices that enable faster connectivity between servers in the data center.

MARCH 18, 2010 -- Broadcom Corp., provider of semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, announced a new series of multilayer Ethernet devices that enable faster connectivity between servers in the data center. The new Broadcom BCM56840 series represents the eighth generation of the company's StrataXGS switch architecture and provides up to 64-ports of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) with the flexibility to support 40 Gigabit Ethernet (40GbE).

The new Broadcom BCM56840 series delivers high-performance, sub-microsecond latency, and ultra low power on a single chip, enabling virtually any data center, regardless of size, to unleash the power of cloud computing.

Designed in 40 nanometer (nm) process technology, the BCM56840 series marks the first time a silicon solution has been available for the practical large-scale deployment of 10GbE, according to a company representative. 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 10GbE.

The series can be used as a foundation element to build top-of-rack switches, blade switches, and modular switches. The switches can be tied together to deliver a 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 well suited to algorithmic trading and high-performance compute cluster environments.

The BCM56840 series supports Layer 2 / Layer 3 (L2 / L3) switching with dynamic access control lists (ACLs) and delivers on four critical requirements for the data center:

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