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Low-power GbE switch for home gateways, wireless router apps

Posted: 03 Jun 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Broadcom  home gateways  wireless router  GbE switch 

Broadcom Corp. has unleashed what it boasts as the industry's lowest-power Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switch aimed at home gateways, small business switch systems and wireless router applications. According to the company, the BCM53134 GbE switch allows OEMs and ODMs to meet European Code of Conduct and stricter energy efficiency requirements for broadband routers and gateways.

Built on Broadcom's RoboSwitch architecture, the BCM53134 uses a 28nm process node to reduce power consumption to less than 1W, surpassing energy efficiency standards around the world. Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE), which is supported on the BCM53134, can reduce power consumption by an additional 60 per cent. The BCM53134 is also the industry's first low-port-count Gigabit Ethernet switch to integrate 2.5Gb/s SGMII, which addresses the increased demand for bandwidth in SOHO, home and wireless router applications.

The increased adoption of services such as Internet Protocol (IP) phone and video streaming are also driving the need for a reliable, always-on connection. The BCM53134 delivers the most comprehensive feature set required by top tier service providers for home and SOHO/SMB gateways, including eight selectable classes of service per port, delivering significantly improved Quality of Service (QoS).

The BCM53134 features four GPHY integrated + 1xRGMII + 1xRGMII/SGMII and an integrated on-chip 8051 microcontroller for cable diagnostics and green-power saving modes. It also touts a robust Layer 2 feature set with IEEE 802.1p, MAC Port, TOS and DiffServ; 256-pin, 11mm x 11mm FBGA package for improved layout and yield; integrated rules engine, rate control per queue, with support for 128 entries ; and BroadSync HD for IEEE 802.1AS support.

Broadcom's BCM53134 is sampling.

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