Date: 20th Dec 2010
Quad-port single-chip 10G Ethernet converged
controller chips from Broadcom
Broadcom has announced its latest generation of 10 Gigabit
Ethernet (10GbE) converged controllers designed for high-volume,
converged local-area-network-on-motherboard (LOM) and converged
network adapter applications. Broadcom says the new 40 nanometer
(nm) controller family represents the industry's first offering
of quad-port converged controllers, delivering up to twice
the port density and offers 67 percent higher input/output
per second (IOPS) as compared to Broadcom's previous generation
The new 10GbE converged controller family includes:
The BCM57800 dual-port 10GbE / dual-port 1GbE controller
The BCM57810 dual-port 10GbE controller
The BCM57840 quad-port 10GbE controller
The key features of this chip family include:
Supports the latest PCI Express (PCIe) 3.0 specification.
On-chip protocol processing offload engines such as iSCSI,
FCoE, TCP, and RDMA-ready hardware
Handles bi-directional line-rate on all 10G ports simultaneously.
From a footprint perspective, the new converged controllers
utilize only 0.82 square inches of space for up to four
ports of converged 10GbE; including serializers/deserializers
(SerDes) for SFP+ rack server and 10GBASE-KR for blade server
Feature Wake-on-LAN, Remote Boot (PXE), and NC-SI server
Feature Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) capabilities to
reduce power consumption in 10GBASE-T applications.
Availability: Now in samples production in 2H 2011
Vinod Lakhani, Senior Director & General Manager, Broadcom
High-Speed Controllers says "Broadcom has shipped over
40 million converged controller ports which speaks to the
maturity of the market. With our latest generation of 40nm
10G controllers, we once again raise the performance and
integration bar which will help drive the 10GbE transition
further into the data center."
Broadcom enhances the performance of range of communications
and wireless semiconductor ICs while it moves its designs
to 40nm nodes from the previous 65nm node. Broadcom smartly
jumped into 40nm instead 45nm node to save costs.
Broadcom's customers who are looking for performance and
are using Broadcom's older chips such as BCM57710, BCM57711
and BCM57712 can design their latest server LAN-on-motherboard
(LOM), add-in network card and storage adapter applications
using this new chip for differentiating their product.
Editorial Product Rating: *** (High Value)