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Broadcom Introduces Multi-core Communications Processor To Simplify NFV & SDN Deployment

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Broadcom Corporation, a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, on Monday announced the expansion of its XLP II multi-core communications processors family with the XLP500 Series.

Featuring 32 NXCPUs and 80 Gbps performance, the XLP500 Series delivers up to 4X the per-core performance of competing processors.

The XLP500 Series delivers the superior processing performance and agility needed to simplify Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) deployment. Performance is achieved with an innovative quad-issue, quad-threaded superscalar architecture with out-of-order execution.  Support for Broadcom’s Open NFV platform and seamless interoperability with Broadcom’s StrataXGS Switch Series streamlines the development process, optimizes power requirements, reduces hardware costs and improves time-to-market.

“Rapid growth in network traffic has expedited the adoption of SDN and NFV by carriers in order to cost-effectively overlay control and compute power onto their existing infrastructure. The combination of four-issue superscalar execution and four-way multithreading is unique among embedded processors and the XLP500 Series raises the bar for embedded processors that are optimized for communications,” said Linley Gwennap, Principal Analyst at The Linley Groupand Editor-in-Chief of the Microprocessor Report.

“With the addition of the XLP500 Series, Broadcom now offers the industry’s broadest end-to-end portfolio of 28 nanometer multi-core communications processors, spanning 4 NXCPUs to 640 NXCPUs,”said Chris O’Reilly, Broadcom, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Processors & Wireless Infrastructure.

“In order to facilitate a successful industry-wide NFV rollout, HP’s OpenNFV program requires an open platform to easily migrate virtual functions across systems and a new class of processors that can improve packet processing, help reduce hardware costs, simplify applications and improve time-to-market,” said Vinay Saxena, Chief Architect, Network Functions Virtualization, Hewlett Packard.

Complementing Broadcom’s XLP200 and XLP900 Series, the XLP500 Series provides customers with more choices within the XLPII family of products, enabling the deployment of a wide range of products, including high-end SDN control plane applications, leveraging a single common software platform.

XLP500 Series Key Features:

  • Optimized driver and tight integration with Broadcom’s FASTPATH software enables seamless interoperability withBroadcom’s StrataXGS Switch Series
  • Support for Broadcom’s Open NFV platform enables seamless migration of virtual functions independent of Instruction Set Architectures (ISAs)
  • Full end-to-end virtualization of CPUs memory, I/Os and acceleration engines
  • Integrated autonomous acceleration engines support a broad range of applications such as Deep Packet Inspection (DPI), encryption, network acceleration and storage
  • Configurable pool of high performance multi-core processors along with application-specific engines accelerates advanced networking and security functions in a virtualized environment
  • Supports open-source virtualization platforms such as KVM, QEMU and OVS
  • Integrated high speed I/Os including 40GEs, 10GEs, GE, HiGig2 and Interlaken
  • Dedicated lanes for PCIE Gen3.0 and SATA3.0

 

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