Broadcom Premier Custom IC Program Helps Alcatel-Lucent Develop Industry’s First 400Gbps Network Processor

June 30, 2011

IRVINE, Calif., June 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today announced that Alcatel-Lucent utilized the Broadcom® Premier Custom IC Program to develop and deploy the industry’s first 400 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) FP3 Network Processor. By supporting 400Gbps transmission speeds, the new FP3 processor opens new possibilities for bandwidth-intensive services, applications and content, while cutting power consumption by up to 50 percent.

With more than 12 million custom networking ICs shipped, the Broadcom Premier Custom IC program offers a higher level of service and performance than traditional custom ASICs, providing superior execution and faster time-to-market. By leveraging the combination of Broadcom’s proven design methodology, vast IP library and more than 100 customized libraries, Alcatel-Lucent achieved its aggressive performance and development schedule requirements.

Design Complexity and Efficiency Drive Market Opportunity

The exponential increase in design complexity in today’s system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions combined with product differentiation and time-to-market pressures has led OEM manufacturers to rely on Broadcom’s Premier Custom IC Program rather than choose a custom ASIC supplier. Broadcom’s Premier Custom IC Program offers one of the most extensive networking, mixed signal, and high speed interface IP portfolios available in the industry, a proven time-tested design methodology, and the ability to create custom libraries. By combining these key elements, Broadcom provides a more reliable path to production, thus avoiding costly multiple chip spins and/or schedule delays.


Asad Khamisy, Vice President of Engineering, Network Switch, Broadcom

“In today’s drive for design efficiency, be it performance, cost, power, or schedule, OEM manufacturers require a silicon partner that can provide all the crucial elements necessary to get their product to market before the competition. By leveraging our well defined and rigorous design process, our proven ability to integrate complex analog and digital circuits, our massive IP library and made-to-order custom libraries, we can deliver a level of customization and performance tuning that clearly surpasses the design services of our competitors.”

Ken Kutzler, Vice President of Engineering, Alcatel-Lucent

“Over the last decade we have firmly established leadership in Network Processor design, pushing the envelope of speed as well as functionality. To extend this lead we sought a partner who shared our goal of mining every ounce of performance from the raw silicon. Broadcom’s Premier Custom IC Program provided the right components to enable our innovative FP3 network processor, the industry’s first to support clear channel 400Gbps data rates. The combination of our mutual proven design methodologies and expertise, coupled with Broadcom’s vast proprietary 40nm libraries and customized elements came together to meet our aggressive performance and feature requirements while maintaining a reliable path to production.”

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