Broadcom Launches World's Highest Performance Multi-Core Communications Processors

Delivers Enhanced Security and Seamless Scalability for Service Provider, Data Center and Enterprise Networks

IRVINE, Calif., June 12, 2013 — (PRNewswire) —

News Highlights:

  • First CPU solution to deliver more than 1 Trillion OPS/Sec of compute performance 1
  • Features 80 NXCPUs and up to 160Gbps application performance 2
  • Enables platform scalability to 640 NXCPUs and 1.28Tbps performance with memory coherency
  • Supports end-to-end hardware virtualization

Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today announced the world's highest performance multi-core communications processor manufactured in 28nm. The new XLP900 Series is optimized for deployment of network functions such as hardware acceleration, virtualization and deep packet inspection. Visit to learn more. 

Leading service providers worldwide are rolling out high-speed 4G LTE/LTE-Advanced services to keep pace with the exponential growth in connected devices, video traffic and subscriber growth. To address this, equipment manufacturers are developing a new class of systems that offer the speed, quality of service (QoS), security and power efficiency required by next-generation mobile infrastructure networks. This is driving the need for a new generation of more intelligent communications processors to deliver unparalleled performance and scalability.

"Our new XLP900 Series of processors integrates server-class CPU core performance with industry-leading networking and communications technology to deliver the industry's highest performance, most scalable and intelligent processor for next-generation networks," said Ron Jankov, Broadcom Senior Vice President and General Manager, Processor and Wireless Infrastructure. "By out-executing the industry and being first to market with a multicore solution capable of over a trillion operations per second, we once again raise the bar and further solidify our technical leadership."

In addition to bandwidth and performance constraints, service provider, data center, enterprise and other mission-critical networks are becoming increasingly susceptible to security attacks. Securing these networks has become a top priority for network owners and managers, leading to the need to inspect, encrypt, authenticate and secure Internet traffic against increasingly complex malware and intrusion threats, all at wire speeds.

The XLP900 Series of processors is highly optimized and ideally suited for the stringent performance, security, efficiency and scalability requirements of service provider, data center and enterprise networks. With a quad-issue, quad-threading, advanced out-of-order execution architecture with multi-chip coherency, the XLP900 Series is the industry's first processor solution to deliver over one trillion operations per second of compute performance.  The flagship processor features end-to-end virtualization, advanced security capabilities such as deep-packet inspection (DPI), and innovative network and application intelligence technology with wire-speed networking and multi-layer QoS capabilities.

"Increasing traffic speeds, combined with the concurrent need to offer greater security and flexibility, are putting a tremendous strain on the processing requirements for service provider networks," said Linley Gwennap, Principal Analyst at The Linley Group and Editor-in-Chief of the Microprocessor Report. "The XLP900 Series is the most powerful communications processor in the market, enabling Broadcom to meet the performance needs of the next generation of carrier equipment and beyond."

Key Features:

  • 160Gbps application performance, scalable to 1.28Tbps
  • Full end-to-end hardware virtualization support for the CPU cores, I/Os, hardware accelerators and on-chip interconnects
  • Supports hundreds of virtual machines (VMs), with protected memory, resources and I/Os, supports KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) and QEMU (open-sourced Quick EMUlater)
  • Industry's highest 100Gbps encryption and authentication performance, scalable to 800Gbps
  • Industry's highest 40Gbps deep-packet inspection performance with grammar processing, scalable to 320Gbps
  • 20Gbps compression and decompression, scalable to 160Gbps
  • RAID5/6 engines with deduplication support


The XLP900 Series is now sampling.

Broadcom will be presenting additional details on the XLP900 Series of processors at the Linley Carrier Conference today.

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1 More than one trillion operations per second of computational performance with full memory coherency

2 160Gbps of network packet processing at 128-byte packets; 20 high-performance cores with 80 issues and 80 threads

About Broadcom
Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a FORTUNE 500® company, is a global leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom® products seamlessly deliver voice, video, data and multimedia connectivity in the home, office and mobile environments. With the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip and embedded software solutions, Broadcom is changing the world by Connecting everything®. For more information, go to

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