Broadcom StrataXGS Switch Solutions Drive New Era in Mobile Aggregation Networks

Breakthrough Innovation and Integration Delivers 100 GbE Performance to Carrier Ethernet Platforms

News Highlights:

- New 10/40/100 GbE switching solutions dramatically increase provider aggregation network bandwidth and scale while reducing system power consumption by up to 40 percent

- Ideally suited to enable PTN and IP-RAN network deployments with latest innovations in MPLS, OAM, time synchronization and protection switching

- Flexible forwarding and port logic optimized for new paradigm of centralized switch architectures

Sep 26, 2011, 08:05 ET from Broadcom Corporation from ,BRCM Infrastructure & Networking

BEIJING, Sept. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- At P&T / Expo Comm China 2011, Asia's largest annual telecommunications conference, Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today unveiled its latest high performance StrataXGS® switch solutions optimized to meet the bandwidth, scalability and efficiency demands of next-generation Carrier Ethernet aggregation platforms. Visit for more Broadcom show news.

Global IP traffic is expected to quadruple over the next several years(1), driving the need for a faster and more efficient aggregation network. Broadcom is meeting that challenge with two new feature-rich series of Carrier Ethernet aggregation switch solutions. With the industry's highest level of integration, the new solutions deliver up to 40 percent lower power consumption coupled with a vast increase in forwarding scale and flexibility.

The StrataXGS BCM56640 series, for modular platforms, and the StrataXGS BCM56540 series, for fixed carrier Ethernet platforms, deliver the industry's highest port speeds and scale in their class. The flexible StrataXGS architecture underlying both families is ideally suited for transport-oriented (PTN) and IP-oriented (IP-RAN) aggregation network deployments, providing operators with greater capacity and service density while controlling operational costs.  

Both StrataXGS series feature the latest Carrier Ethernet innovations including MPLS-TP, MPLS OAM, integrated time synchronization, upgraded protection switching, and extensive IPv4 and IPv6 routing resources.

Complete Portfolio for Carrier Ethernet

With the award-winning BCM88600 series for the core of the network, the BCM56440 series for access and mobile backhaul, and the new BCM56640 and BCM56540 series for the aggregation portion of the network, Broadcom offers the most compelling and comprehensive Carrier Ethernet network solutions available today.

Market Drivers

  • Global IP traffic is projected to quadruple by 2015 (1)
  • It is estimated that by the end of 2011 there will be more networked devices than people on earth (1)
  • Mobile data traffic is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 92 percent by 2015 reaching 6.3 exabytes per month (1)
  • Massive traffic growth, video acceleration and more subscribers challenge current network architecture (2)
  • Carrier business models are challenged, forcing the consideration of new network architectures. (2)

Key Facts:

BCM56640 Series Features

  • 240 Gbps fully-integrated multilayer Carrier Ethernet aggregation switch for modular platforms
  • Unites integrated 10G serial technology with massive forwarding scale to deliver single-chip line cards from 48xGE up through 100GE
  • Latest generation expandable TCAM interface offers a platform for up to 1M IPv6 longest-prefix route lookups

BCM56540 Series Features

  • 180 Gbps fully-integrated multilayer Carrier Ethernet switch for fixed platforms
  • New flexible port logic allows per-SerDes sharing between GE, 2.5GE, and 10GE modes, delivering unprecedented flexibility for centralized switch silicon system architectures
  • New flexible forwarding technology allows providers to allocate lookup resources on a per-application basis, vastly improving the application range of a given system solution


The BCM56640 and BCM56540 are now sampling with production volume slated for the first half of 2012.


Martin Lund, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Network Switch, Broadcom

"As service providers struggle to match finite resources against skyrocketing growth in traffic load, silicon vendors are challenged to innovate and enable more economic and power-efficient networking systems. Carrier aggregation networks – the bridge between the subscriber edge and the mobile core – until now were limited to lower-bandwidth connections and modest service density. Our latest StrataXGS switch solutions deliver the high-performance silicon required to dramatically optimize the scale, power and cost of the aggregation layer."

Michael Howard, Principal Analyst, Carrier & Data Center Networks Analyst, Infonetics

"We expect to see the move to Ethernet mobile backhaul continue as mobile operators transform their networks to support the exponential growth in bandwidth. As a result, operators are contemplating two fairly new network models: the connection-oriented Ethernet PTN and the dynamically routed IP-RAN. Each approach offers tangible benefits to the Service Provider, with PTN enabling a simpler transition from a connection/circuit-based network and IP-RAN using MPLS control plane to alleviate much of the human involvement in service provisioning. By providing support for both alternatives, Broadcom offers a platform that meets the requirements of most Carrier Ethernet aggregation systems."


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(1)  Cisco Visual Networking Index: Forecast and Methodology, 2010-2015

(2)  Infonetics Mobile Backhaul Forecast, 4Q10

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