Broadcom Introduces Industry's First Ethernet Switching Silicon for 100 Tbps Scalable Systems

New Series First to Support Native 100 Gbps Interfaces and Marks Successful Integration of Dune Networks

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 2, 2010 — (PRNewswire) — Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced the Broadcom® BCM88600 series, the industry's first Ethernet switching silicon to enable scalable modular switching platforms with capacity ranging from 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps) to 100 Terabits per second (Tbps). As a result of increasing video and data traffic, massive scalability and ultra high bandwidth are key requirements for next generation switching infrastructures. Large data centers with thousands of servers will soon require 100 Gbps network connectivity in the core and for interconnecting data centers, while large service provider networks will require core routers with 100 Gbps interfaces. The BCM88600 series integrates the features and functionality of an entire high-performance line card into a single chip, thus enabling a new generation of ultra high bandwidth networking solutions. Today's announcement also marks the successful integration of Dune Networks (acquired December 2009) switch fabric solutions into the Broadcom product portfolio.

Highly Scalable, Flexible Solution

The BCM88600 series can be used to build a variety of network switch solutions, from small fixed configurations to large standalone modular chassis-based solutions. Multiple chassis of different sizes can be seamlessly interconnected via a two-stage fabric element organization (e.g. FE600), delivering more than 10,000 wire-speed ports of 10GbE or 40GbE/100GbE equivalent. The unified infrastructure enables system vendors to build a single, scalable product line sharing the same switching infrastructure to address a variety of densities and applications.

Additional Highlights/Key Facts:

  • The BCM88600 series is supported by Broadcom's common Application Programming Interface (API).
  • The BCM88600 series features the only merchant silicon solution that can process a single stream of 100GbE at Layer 2-Layer 4 with integrated traffic management capabilities.
  • The BCM88600 series offers several variations designed to meet the needs of specific applications including data centers, enterprise, optical transport networks (OTNs), routers and other service provider systems.
  • Broadcom also offers complementary silicon and software solutions for the data center market segment including:
    • BCM56845 – 64-port 10GbE switch, configurable for 40GbE
    • BCM84834 – Quad-port 10GBASE-T PHY
    • BCM57712 – 10GbE dual-port converged network interface controller (C-NIC)
    • BCM8754 – Quad-channel 10GbE SFP+ PHY
  • The BCM88600 series is now sampling to early access customers.

Supporting Quotes:

Jag Bolaria, Senior Analyst, The Linley Group

"Next generation data centers will include tens of thousands of 10GbE servers coupled with 40GbE/100GbE aggregation systems that will push infrastructure performance, density and scalability to new levels. Combined with StrataXGS® switch products, the BCM88600 strengthens Broadcom's position as a supplier of the widest range of silicon products for high-performance switching infrastructure in next generation networks."

Martin Lund, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Broadcom Network Switching Business Unit:

"With the BCM88600 series, Broadcom has again enabled Ethernet to outpace other technologies in terms of bandwidth and performance, providing both the scalability and capacity required to develop ultra high-performance networks. The introduction of the new product series within just ten months post acquisition underscores our ability to successfully integrate acquired technologies into our portfolio without slowing down the pace of innovation."


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Broadcom Corporation is a major technology innovator and global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom products enable the delivery of voice, video, data and multimedia to and throughout the home, the office and the mobile environment. We provide the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip and software solutions to manufacturers of computing and networking equipment, digital entertainment and broadband access products, and mobile devices. These solutions support our core mission: Connecting everything®.

Broadcom, one of the world's largest fabless communications semiconductor companies, with 2009 revenue of $4.49 billion, holds more than 4,500 U.S. and 1,900 foreign patents, and has more than 7,800 additional pending patent applications, and one of the broadest intellectual property portfolios addressing both wired and wireless transmission of voice, video, data and multimedia.

A FORTUNE 500® company, Broadcom is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and has offices and research facilities in North America, Asia and Europe. Broadcom may be contacted at +1.949.926.5000 or at

Cautions regarding Forward-Looking Statements:

All statements included or incorporated by reference in this release, other than statements or characterizations of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, estimates and projections about our industry and business, management's beliefs, and certain assumptions made by us, all of which are subject to change. Forward-looking statements can often be identified by words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "predicts," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "may," "will," "should," "would," "could," "potential," "continue," "ongoing," similar expressions, and variations or negatives of these words. Examples of such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the functionality of the BCM88600 switch series and solutions for the data center and the effects of such functionality on our customers' abilities to build products for future data centers. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause our actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statement.

Important factors that may cause such a difference for Broadcom in connection with the BCM88600 switch series include, but are not limited to:

  • Delays in the adoption and acceptance of industry standards in those markets;
  • The rate at which our present and future customers and end-users adopt Broadcom's technologies and products in the markets;
  • The gain or loss of a key customer, design win or order;
  • Competitive pressures and other factors such as the qualification, availability and pricing of competing products and technologies and the resulting effects on sales and pricing of our products; and
  • Our ability to timely and accurately predict market requirements and evolving industry standards and to identify opportunities in new markets.

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