Broadcom announces ethernet switching silicon for 100Tbps speeds

Broadcom has announced its ethernet switching silicon which can enable switching platforms with capacity ranging from 100Gbps up to, theoretically, a mighty 100Tbps.

The Broadcom BCM88600 series has been built as a result of increasing video and data traffic, which the company claims have pushed the need for greater scalability and ultra high bandwidth for next generation switching infrastructures.

It said large data centres with thousands of servers will soon require 100 Gbps network connectivity in the core and for interconnecting data centres, while large service provider networks will require core routers with 100 Gbps interfaces.

The BCM88600 series combines both the features and functionality of a high-performance line card into a single chip, which it claims kick starts a new generation of ultra high bandwidth networking products.

It can be used to build a variety of network switch devices, from small fixed configurations to large standalone modular chassis-based kit. Multiple chassis of different sizes can be  interconnected via a two-stage fabric element organisation, which is said to enable more than 10,000 wire-speed ports of 10GbE or 40GbE/100GbE equivalent.

The BCM88600 range is also said to be the first product to process a single stream of 100GbE at Layer 2-Layer 4 with integrated traffic management capabilities as well as offering several variations designed to meet the needs of specific applications including data centres, enterprise, optical transport networks (OTNs), routers and other service provider systems.