Broadcom Announces Enhanced Ethernet Devices

Broadcom Corporation, a provider of semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, announced the next-generation of its StrataXGS Trident Ethernet switch portfolio, designed to help meet the bandwidth, scalability and efficiency demands of 10GbE virtualized data centers. According to Broadcom, the Trident-II+ Series consists of integrated devices which offer 1.28 terabit per second (Tbps) switching performance, 30% lower power, and double the performance for data center virtualization overlays, such as VXLAN.

Trident-II+ Series is designed to enable network virtualization in enterprise data centers of all sizes, Broadcom says. It offers single-pass VXLAN routing that doubles gateway performance in network topologies, as well as support for pre-standard GENEVE overlays. Built on Broadcom's StrataXGS architecture, the 28 nanometer (nm) devices provide a simple, drop-in power and efficiency improvement.

Providing a complement to Broadcom's StrataXGS Tomahawk and StrataDNX switch SoCs, the Trident II+ Series provides 100GbE connections to the spine layer and between racks, while supporting 10GbE connections to the servers in enterprise and private cloud deployments.

The Trident II+ Series is also designed to reduce power dissipation of existing Trident-II designs throughout the network - by up to 30 percent for each typical ToR switch chipset, according to Broadcom. For an enterprise data center hosting 300 ToR switches, this can lead to annual power savings of well over 100 megawatt hours (MWh), the vendor calculated.  

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