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Broadcom Begins Volume Production of Quad-core 64-bit 2GHz ARMv8 SoCs

By Rory Lidstone April 20, 2016

Broadcom is a designer, developer and global supplier of a broad range of analog and digital semiconductor connectivity solutions, meaning it always has new products on the go. Indeed, less than a month after the company announced its complete end-to-end optical pulse-amplitude modulation 4 (PAM-4) product, it has begun volume production of its new series of quad-core 64-bit 2GHz ARM v8 Cortex-A57 communication processors, the StrataGX BCM5871x.

Designed to target a broad range of networking applications, including virtual CPE (vCPE) and NFV appliances, 10G service routers and gateways, control plane processing for Ethernet switches, and network attached storage (NAS), the BCM5871x combines advanced computing, networking and virtualization functions on a single SoC. In addition, it is the industry’s first quad-core A57 CPU that delivers 34,000 DMIPS below 10 watts, reaching unprecedented levels of integration and setting a new standard for performance and power efficiency.

Next generation customer premise equipment (CPE) uses virtualization to integrate multiple dedicated appliances into a single vCPE system. Such vCPE platforms run several virtual network functions (VNFs) like vFirewalls and vRouters simultaneously in software. This approach allows service providers to deploy services more rapidly, increasing revenue and reducing expenditures by consolidating equipment and reducing maintenance costs.

The BCM5871x integrates a server-class network interface controller with virtualization, stateless offloads and packet processing capabilities to significantly improve overall system performance when running multiple VNFs on chip. The result is an industry-leading vCPE platform.

“The StrataGX processor family has led the industry in migration to ARM processors, particularly in the retail and enterprise wireless router markets, as well as in service provider and enterprise switch/router control plane applications,” said Ed Redmond, senior vice president and general manager of the Compute and Connectivity Division at Broadcom. “By being first to production with a low-power 2GHz quad-core A57 ARM CPU, we are further cementing our leadership in the markets we serve, as well as driving into new markets such as SDN, NFV and vCPE.”

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

Contributing Writer

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