Broadcom Introduces Industry's First 100Gb/s Full Duplex Network Processor

Broadcom's 100Gb/s Full Duplex NPU Features 64 Custom Processing Cores

by Anton Shilov
04/25/2012 | 09:11 PM

Broadcom Corp., a leading designer of semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, has announced the worlds's first 100Gb/s full duplex BCM88030 network processor unit. The chip sports 64 custom processor units and eliminates costly external components, dramatically reducing system cost and power by up to 80% per 10GbE port. The NPU will be used in the 100GbE optimized switches and routers for service provider networks.


Built on the XGS Core packet processing architecture, the BCM88030 family delivers the industry's highest performance NPU in a single device, according to Broadcom. With a powerful array of 64 custom processors operating at 1GHz, extensive multi-threading and hardware acceleration for functions such as packet parsing, classification and look-ups, the BCM88030 product family delivers a feature-rich application at 100GbE full duplex for complex service provider switching and routing requirements. With a robust software development environment, the BCM88030 family is completely user programmable, enabling a highly flexible forwarding solution that ensures support for the most demanding applications, both existing and future.

The BCM88030 NPU family includes a proprietary algorithmic look up engine using low cost DDR-3 DRAM that enables massive scale for Layer 2, IPv4 and IPv6 tables while significantly reducing system cost. Algorithmic on-chip access control list (ACL) capability is available along with seamless expansion using Broadcom's industry-leading NL566xx knowledge based processor (KBP).

To satisfy the rapidly growing appetite for bandwidth, service providers around the globe are racing to transform their networks by adopting higher bandwidth links. Analysts estimate a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 170% from 2011 to 2016 for 100G Ethernet ports as service providers rush to meet this demand.

Broadcom's NPU solutions are enabling the service provider network of the future today, providing the enhanced high-bandwidth capacity and scale to meet the aggressive requirements of next generation networks driven by the insatiable demand for data.  With a fully programmable forwarding architecture, the BCM88030 family allows network operators to reduce CAPEX by adapting to emerging protocols without the costly redeployment of network equipment.

"We have experienced very strong demand for our programmable XGS Core line of network processors the last several years as service providers transform their legacy networks to higher bandwidth Ethernet-based solutions. Today's introduction is the culmination of some very talented engineers, who have developed a line of products touting a number of industry first innovations and the industry's highest level of integration. Being first to market with the world's first full duplex 100 Gbps network processor, we hope to reshape the carrier Ethernet market and drive the next wave of 100GbE optimized switches and routers," said Dan Harding, senior director of product marketing for network processors at Broadcom Corporation.

The BCM88030 family consists of three devices, including the 100Gb/s BCM88038 NPU, the 50Gb/s BCM88034 NPU and the BCM88032 24Gb/s NPU. All devices are now sampling with production volume slated for the second half of 2012.