12 Jun '13, 12pm

Broadcom hits tera-ops with comms processor

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Broadcom Corp. leveraged its NetLogic acquisition to roll out what’s being seen as the highest performance communications processor on the market. The XLP980 leapfrogs archrival Cavium Networks to become the first to handle a trillion network operations/second. The 28nm chip uses 20 quad-threaded, out-of-order MIPS cores to drive throughput to 160 Gbits/s, scalable to 1.28Tbits/s using multi-chip coherency. It provides hardware support for virtualization, security, deep-packet inspection and quality-of-service features. The XLP980 also is the first multicore processor to integrate 40G Ethernet ports, said Bob Wheeler, a senior analyst with The Linley Group (Mountain View, Calif.). The comms chips compete with ASICs from big systems companies such as Cisco Systems and increasingly with Intel’s Xeon processors. “Broadcom has grabbed the performance lead [b...

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