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Broadcom intros second-gen server I/O controller

Posted: 22 Aug 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Broadcom  server I/O controller  HT-2100 

Broadcom Corp. has introduced its second generation of server I/O controller silicon based on HyperTransport technology. Broadcom said its new controller features a modular architecture for platform scalability, enabling server OEM customers to optimally configure their servers for specific market segments while achieving better energy efficiencies, lower system costs and faster time-to-market. This modular approach to server chipset architecture provides server OEMs with the freedom to choose the appropriate I/O and feature set for today's mainstream multisocket servers, server towers and blade server designs, the company explained.

The flexible server I/O architecture enables OEMs to manage the cost structure of their server systems and customise feature sets best suited for each particular server market segment, Broadcom said. The scalable architecture also enables OEMs to expand beyond the dual-socket segment into multisocket product segments while leveraging the existing enterprise-class architecture. This allows end users to take advantage of server-class reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) features regardless of the server segment. These RAS features that have become standard in the 4-way and above server segment are now available to the 2-way volume server market. A server I/O controller chip acts as the interface from processor(s) to other I/O protocols, such as PCI-Express (via the open standard HyperTransport bus technology) to facilitate data transmission in a server system.

The product Broadcom announced is the HT-2100 server I/O controller chip and platform solution designed to solve cost and usability issues for server OEMs. The modular architecture of the HT-2100 controller enables server OEMs to use the same chipset family and software for multiple server markets, the company said, requiring minimal changes. The HT-2100 server I/O controller features a high-performance HyperTransport to PCI-Express bridge that is capable of tunneling data between two HyperTransport ports. The device also features 1GHz HyperTransport technology, 24 lanes of PCI-Express and a HyperTransport tunnel to provide the speed and bandwidth required for next generation I/O protocols.

"Broadcom's HT-2100 controller continues our philosophy of providing modular, flexible and scalable I/O solutions that leverage existing designs and future-proof platform designs," said Wei-Ai Tai, director of marketing for Broadcom's server I/O line. "Our server OEM customers benefit from the extensive industry-wide validation of our products, as we strive to provide the most robust I/O solution in the server market."

The HT-2100 server I/O controller has been released in mass production. Pricing information can be obtained directly from the company.

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