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Broadcom’s new processor line ties in to next wave of 100 GbE devices

Broadcom Corp., a semiconductor manufacturer for wired and wireless communications, this week released what it described as the industry’s first 100 Gbps full duplex network processor unit (NPU).


April 25, 2012  


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Broadcom Corp., a semiconductor manufacturer for wired and wireless communications, this week released what it described as the industry’s first 100 Gbps full duplex network processor unit (NPU).

BCM88030 family is designed to enable the next wave of 100 GbE optimized switches and routers for service provider networks, the company said in a release.

“In 2012, the number of connected devices is set to exceed the world’s population with an estimated 7 billion devices connected to the network,” it added. “By 2015, 90% of content viewed on mobile devices will be streaming video and application downloads are expected to reach 47 billion per year.

“To satisfy this overwhelming appetite for bandwidth, service providers around the globe are racing to transform their networks by adopting higher bandwidth links. Analysts estimate a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 170% from 2011 to 2016 for 100G Ethernet ports as service providers rush to meet this demand.”