Broadcom Broadens 65 nm GbE

Arthur Cole

Broadcom continues to push Gigabit Ethernet technology onto the 65 nm process, allowing the company to integrate new features and functionality onto single-chip solutions.


The newest device, says, is the NetXtreme controller that features on-board DASH (Desktop and Mobile Architecture for System Hardware) and PMCI (Platform Management Component Intercommunication) managers, plus enhanced security features, while still drawing less power than current 90 nm solutions. The controller should make it easier to manage desktops and laptops from virtually anywhere regardless of whether the OS is operating.


The first in the NetXtreme line is the BCM5761 controller featuring on-chip processor and memory subsystems in a scalable architecture. It offers features like Vista-compatible IPsec task offloading and in-band/out-of-band management functions.


It was barely two months ago that Broadcom unveiled the StrataXGS 200 GbE switch, the first of its kind on the 65 nm process. The switch incorporates a central processing unit designed for 32-bit MIPS hardware architectures to help boost QoS capabilities, traffic metering and bandwidth.


The new controller is now being sampled by select vendors (AMD, Dell and Phoenix Technologies each got a quote in the press release), so it's likely that new enterprise solutions will be out within the next year.

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