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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 10G offering.

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 applications.
Feature Wake-on-LAN, Remote Boot (PXE), and NC-SI server management.
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)

 
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