Broadcom Expands 10GBASE-T Portfolio With Low Power, Dual Port PHY

March 30, 2009

Dual Port Physical Layer Transceiver Enables OEMs to Drive the Adoption of 10 Gbps Twisted Pair Connectivity in High-Density Networking Equipment for Data Center and Enterprise Applications

IRVINE, Calif., March 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced a new dual port 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) physical layer (PHY) transceiver that supports IEEE 802.3 10GBASE-T operation. The dual port configuration reduces the number of devices required in a design, uses less board space and provides better airflow than competing solutions that must stack multiple chips to achieve similar functionality. As a result, the Broadcom(R) dual port 10GBASE-T PHY is ideal for high-density switch and server designs, and will help to drive the adoption of 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps) twisted pair connectivity in data centers and enterprise networks. Broadcom’s 10GBASE-T PHY supports auto-negotiation between 10 Gbps and legacy Ethernet speeds, enabling compatibility with the installed base of Ethernet technology.

10GbE is fast becoming a requirement for high-speed connectivity in high performance computing and storage. Market research from the Dell’Oro Group indicates that 10 Gigabit (10G) copper connections will potentially reach 6.8 million ports by 2013, a 5-year compounded annual growth rate of more than 100 percent.(1) This growth is fueled in part by increases in server input/output (I/O) speed and storage I/O speed, as well as the additional throughput needed for the aggregation of 1 Gigabit Ethernet (1GbE) links.

To address these market requirements, the Broadcom(R) BCM84812 10GBASE-T transceiver announced today supports two 10GbE ports and provides a complete PHY solution operating at less than six watts of power per port while operating over 100 meters of Category 6A unshielded twisted pair (UTP) or Category 7 cables.

The BCM84812 dual port 10GBASE-T PHY further secures Broadcom’s position as the only silicon provider with a complete line of 10G PHY products supporting backplane, twisted pair and optical front panel applications. This comprehensive product portfolio includes support for all 10G PHY standards including 10GBASE-T, 10GBASE-KR, 10GBASE-LRM, 10GBASE-SR/LR and 10GBASE-ER/ZR.

“Demand for high-density switches and servers with 10GBASE-T connectivity is growing, and our new dual PHY addresses the space constraints common in switch and server designs with a low power, high performance solution,” said Kevin Brown, Senior Director and General Manager of Broadcom’s PHY line of business. “Broadcom continues to lead the Ethernet PHY market. Our new dual port 10GBASE-T PHY consumes less than six watts per port at the full 100 meter distance with 100 percent 10 Gbps traffic and rounds out our industry leading 10GbE portfolio of physical layer chips for twisted pair, fiber, backplanes, and direct-attach copper solutions, complementing our 10GbE controllers and switch silicon, for complete end-to-end solutions.”

The BCM84812 supports a broad scope of Ethernet speeds over twisted pair including 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 10GBASE-T. With these capabilities, Broadcom’s 10GBASE-T PHY provides customers and IT managers with a solution that meets 10G bandwidth connectivity requirements while maintaining complete backward compatibility and interoperability with existing customer products that already use Gigabit Ethernet or Fast Ethernet connectivity.

Technical Information

The BCM84812 10GBASE-T transceiver is a fully integrated, dual port PHY with a digital signal processor (DSP)-based architecture that combines the front-end with analog-to-digital converters, adaptive equalizers, phased locked loops, line drivers, low-density parity check (LDPC) encoders and decoders, echo and crosstalk cancellers, and the industry standard XAUI interface.

The BCM84812 PHY is optimized to enable switch, controller and other general 10GbE connectivity applications with a 4-lane, 3.125 Gbps XAUI interface that enables connectivity to 10GbE media access controllers. One lane of the 4-lane XAUI interface is reserved to support the Serial Gigabit Media Independent Interface (SGMII) and lower speed 100/1000BASE-T operations. The BCM84812 further extends Broadcom’s leadership in 10GbE technology and expands an established portfolio of field proven and complete end-to-end 10GbE solutions.

Availability and Pricing

The BCM84812 dual port 10G PHY is now sampling to early access customers. Pricing is available upon request.

About Broadcom

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(R).

Broadcom is one of the world’s largest fabless semiconductor companies, with 2008 revenue of $4.66 billion, and holds over 3,100 U.S. and over 1,400 foreign patents, more than 7,600 additional pending patent applications, and one of the broadest intellectual property portfolios addressing both wired and wireless transmission of voice, video, data and multimedia.

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 www.broadcom.com.

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 potential growth of the market for 10GbE products and our position in that market. 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 BCM84812 dual port 10 Gigabit physical layer transceiver products include, but are not limited to

  • our ability to specify, develop or acquire, complete, introduce, market and transition to volume production new products and technologies in a cost-effective and timely manner
  • the rate at which our present and future customers and end-users adopt Broadcom’s technologies and products in the markets for enterprise networking applications;
  • the timing, rescheduling or cancellation of significant customer orders and our ability, as well as the ability of our customers, to manage inventory;
  • the timing of customer-industry qualification and certification of our products and the risks of non-qualification or non-certification; and
  • fluctuations in the manufacturing yields of our third party semiconductor foundries and other problems or delays in the fabrication, assembly, testing or delivery of our products.

Additional factors that may cause Broadcom’s actual results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to the list that can be found at http://www.broadcom.com/press/additional_risk_factors/Q12009.php.

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(1) Dell ‘Oro Ethernet Switch Report: 5 Year Forecast 2009-2013, January 2009

    Broadcom Trade Press Contact     Broadcom Investor Relations Contact
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SOURCE Broadcom Corporation; BRCM Enterprise Networking

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