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Broadcom expands portfolio with new data center system-on-chip solutions
Fri, 4th Aug 2017
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Broadcom has released a new family of data center system-on-chip (SoC) semiconductor connectivity solutions, the BCM58800.

Designed for Smart NIC and scale-out storage applications, the BCM58800 ingrates Broadcom's proven 100G NetXtreme Ethernet NIC, eight high-performance 3GHz 64-bit ARM v8 Cortex-A72 cores, 100G encryption and decryption, and PCIe 3.0 connectivity.

Ed Redmond, senior vice president and general manager of the Compute and Connectivity Division at Broadcom says the BCM58800 sets the bar for SmartNIC and NVMe-oF disaggregation storage solutions.

“The feature set and performance of this purpose-built data center SoC is unprecedented and will allow our customers to build and deliver innovative SmartNIC and NVMe-oF solutions never before possible.

Leendert Van Doorn, distinguished engineer, Microsoft, comments, “as the industry looks for solutions to tackle the challenges of continually and quickly evolving data centers, SmartNICs with 64-bit ARM support offer a new solution with the flexibility to keep pace.

“Small form factor, low power solutions built with 3GHz ARM processors that conform to industry standards are showing an ability to quickly respond to the continual changes in the data center.

Broadcom claims the 16nm FinFET+ process minimizes power consumption and enables the highest CPU performance to deliver breakthrough data plane acceleration and storage performance in a compact form factor.

“QCT is excited to be partnering with Broadcom on next generation server and storage technologies to address the continued need for accelerated data center systems,” says Mike Yang, president of QCT.

“Enabled by Broadcom's latest data center storage technology in all-flash NVMe drive arrays, we can meet our customers' strictest workload needs.

Broadcom has also partnered with CNEX Labs, an American electronics manufacturer.

Dr. Alan Armstrong, CEO of CNEX Labs, says the company is pleased to partner with Broadcom to bring the NVMe-oF reference designs to the rapidly growing data center storage market.

“The combination of Broadcom's BCM58800 data center SoC for NVMe-oF disaggregated storage arrays and CNEX Labs' best-in-class NVMe and Open Channel SSD controllers will bring unprecedented quality-of-service (QoS), throughput, power efficiency, and scalability to meet the increasingly diverse and stringent demands of the cloud and hyper-scale storage market.

Headquartered in Singapore, Broadcom is a designer, developer and global supplier of digital and analog semiconductor connectivity solutions.