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New Switch Chipsets to Drive 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet Enters the Enterprise

Broadcom

Broadcom Corporation announced new enterprise Ethernet switches designed to deliver the faster data rates offered by 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi. Built on Broadcom’s StrataXGS architecture, the BCM56060 and BCM56160 enable OEMs to design cost-optimized network switches that enable high speed, robust Internet access across both traditional and new all-wireless enterprise networks.

“There’s a strong 2.5G Ethernet ramp expected in the coming 5 years,” said Alan Weckel, VP Ethernet Switch Analyst at Dell Oro. “We expect 5 million 2.5G ports to be deployed next year and up to 25 million by 2019, driven by the transition to 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi.”

The increased wireless speed delivered by 802.11ac Wave 2 is claimed to surpass the performance of today’s broadly deployed Gigabit Ethernet (GbE).

The new-born switches address the upgrade needs for both traditional and all-wireless enterprises, and are designed to work with Broadcom’s BCM84868 2.5 Gbps Ethernet PHY.

The new BCM56160 is 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 2.5 GbE 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 10 Gigabit interfaces for fiber uplinks and delivers double the stacking bandwidth of previous generation devices.

The company also claims that the BCM56060 is the first switch product family optimized for 802.11ac Wave 2 enterprise environments. The BCM56060 enables a smaller form factor with low power consumption, providing multi-mode 1 GbE/2.5 GbE Ethernet interfaces with 10 Gigabit uplinks. Because it is designed to connect primarily to access points instead of wired PCs and phones, it cuts cost by eliminating the legacy 1 GbE Ethernet links.

“Broadcom continues to partner with worldwide equipment manufacturers to deliver the most comprehensive portfolio for enterprise networking,” said Nick Kucharewski, Broadcom Vice President, Network Switch Marketing. “Our new switch products enable a converged wired/wireless enterprise and deliver highly optimized 2.5 GbE solutions for high density wireless deployments.”

Availability

The BCM56060 and BCM56160 are currently sampling.

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