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Broadcom Announces New Chip for Mobile Backhaul Market

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March 29, 2011

Broadcom Announces New Chip for Mobile Backhaul Market

By Raju Shanbhag
TMCnet Contributor


Helping customers to manage the exponential growth in wireless data traffic and carrier transition to 4G mobile networks; Broadcom has announced its latest StrataXGS high performance switch solution.

StrataXGS III switches are the first to incorporate ubiquitous security, wire-speed IPv6 routing and wireless LAN support. Broadcom's (News - Alert) StrataXGS III switch architecture features an advanced multi-layer 72 Gigabit per second (Gbps) full-duplex packet processing architecture.

Allowing carriers to easily upgrade legacy backhaul networks and transition to 4G, Broadcom's latest high performance StrataXGS chip is capable of delivering 1000x more bandwidth. According to Broadcom, tablet PC sales are forecasted to reach 126 million units in 2015 and they generate 100 times more traffic than a feature phone. Delivering 1000x more bandwidth, the Broadcom StrataXGS BCM56440 switch series provides a seamless migration path to Ethernet class performance in the mobile backhaul.

“The wireless market today is incredibly competitive, and carriers are under a great deal of pressure to deliver the best service in the industry,” said Martin Lund, senior vice president and general manager, Network Switch, Broadcom Corporation (News - Alert). “Our latest switch solution allows carriers to seamlessly migrate existing networks to 4G, with the capability of delivering much higher bandwidth and faster connectivity to the growing number of smartphone and tablet users.”

Existing backhaul networks are struggling to support the increasing requirements of high-bandwidth mobile video and data services with the striking rise in the number of smartphone and tablet users. To upgrade their mobile networks in order to manage the explosive growth in traffic, various carriers around the world have embarked on an aggressive strategy.

Recently, the company joined hands with Microsoft to facilitate carriers with an embedded wireless option for the in-home deployment of set-top boxes, thereby enabling a faster and less expensive installation method. Broadcom’s BCM4717V wireless system-on-a-chip (SoC) solution was integrated into Microsoft Mediaroom wireless client inside a high definition (HD) set-top box (STB). Some of the functionalities offered by BCM4717V IPTV (News - Alert) solution include primary operation on the 5GHz band for frequency agility.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Janice McDuffee

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