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Carrier-class switches speed up service provider nets

Posted: 23 Nov 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Ethernet  switch  network  broadband 

Ready for next-gen nets
Broadcom's service provider switch portfolio incorporates products from Broadcom's StrataXGS, XGS Core and RoboSwitch Ethernet switch product lines. In total, Broadcom now features more than 30 switch products built specifically to meet the requirements of next-generation service provider networks. The five new switch series introduced are the BCM56630 GbE/10GE switches for carrier Ethernet aggregation switches and routers; the 2.5G BCM56685 switches for embedded access systems; BCM56330 GbE edge switches for mobile backhaul applications; the BCM56130 fast Ethernet edge switches for business-class access; and the BCM53280 fast Ethernet edge switches for consumer multi-tenant units.

Carrier-class switch products are commonly used in conjunction with Broadcom's DSL and cable broadband products, PHY transceivers and Serdes solutions to deliver a variety of commercial silicon products for service providers.

Gabriele Corliano, chief researcher, network research amd technology strategy at British Telecom said, BT recognises the potential for Ethernet to cost-effectively deliver the high bandwidth network required of modern access technologies. We are very encouraged by Broadcom's development of Ethernet switches that support the necessary protocols and technologies that will allow us to roll out new and diverse value-add services."

Martin Lund, VP and general manager for Broadcom's network switching business unit noted, "Broadcom is applying 'Ethernet economics' to a market that has historically been served by costly legacy solutions that do not meet the bandwidth demands of next generation 3G and 4G mobile networks. Our new service provider switch portfolio solves a real-world problem, providing the unification of mobile and broadband networks."

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