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Ethernet switches enable faster enterprise networks

Posted: 26 Nov 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Broadcom  enterprise networks  Ethernet switches  Wi-Fi 

Broadcom Corp. has released its latest enterprise Ethernet switches geared to deliver the faster data rates offered by 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi. Built on the company's StrataXGS architecture, the BCM56060 and BCM56160 allow OEMs to design cost-optimised network switches that enable high speed, robust Internet access across both traditional and new all-wireless enterprise networks.

The increased wireless speeds delivered by 802.11ac Wave 2 are exceeding the performance of today's broadly deployed Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), driving enterprises to upgrade network edge switches. The most cost-effective solution is to run 2.5G Ethernet to the access point, thereby unlocking faster wireless speeds and enabling higher bandwidth without needing to re-cable an entire network. Broadcom's switches address the upgrade needs for both traditional and all-wireless enterprises, and are designed to work with Broadcom's BCM84868 2.5Gb/s Ethernet PHY.

The BCM56160 claims to be the industry's most integrated Ethernet switch chipset for traditional wired enterprises where desktop terminals, voice-over-IP phones and wireless access points are all connected. The BCM56160 enterprise switch adds 2.5GbE access point connections to the popular 24 and 48 port Gigabit Ethernet form factors. To accommodate higher Wi-Fi traffic, the device also integrates more high speed 10Gb interfaces for fibre uplinks and delivers double the stacking bandwidth of previous generation devices.

For the all-wireless office built primarily on Wi-Fi access points with few wired terminals, Broadcom's BCM56060 is the first switch product family optimised for 802.11ac Wave 2 enterprise environments, noted the company. The BCM56060 enables a smaller form factor with low power consumption, providing multi-mode 1GbE/2.5GbE Ethernet interfaces with 10GB uplinks. Because it is designed to connect primarily to access points instead of wired PCs and phones, it cuts cost by eliminating the legacy 1GbE Ethernet links, Broadcom added.

The BCM56060 and BCM56160 are sampling.

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