Broadcom, ARM Partner on Networking Chip
Broadcom will leverage ARM’s upcoming 64-bit designs to create an SoC for networking and other systems that will be optimized for NFV.Broadcom officials are promising server-class, 64-bit chips based on the ARM architecture that will be aimed at networking infrastructure, as well as communications, big data, storage and servers. Broadcom will use ARM’s upcoming 64-bit ARMv8-A architecture license to build the system-on-a-chip (SoC), which will be optimized for network functions virtualization (NFV)—which, along with software-defined networking (SDN), is expected to have a significant impact on network infrastructures and the data center. The quad-issue, quad-threaded SoC will be built on 16-nanometer FinFET technology and will offer 3GHz of performance, according to Broadcom officials. The company doesn’t expect the chip to ship in volume until 2015, according to The Wall Street Journal. Broadcom officials will talk about the chip Oct. 16 during the Linley Tech Processor Conference in Santa Clara, Calif. Broadcom, which currently uses the MIPS chip architecture for many of its products, becomes the latest chip maker to adopt the ARM architecture for data center systems. ARM’s low-power designs are dominant in the booming smartphone and tablet markets, where they are licensed by the likes of Samsung, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments. ARM officials expect the release next year of the company’s first 64-bit design will push the architecture into the data center, in everything from low-power microservers to networking and storage appliances.
"By offering the industry's highest-performance ARM-based multi-core processor architecture, Broadcom is expanding its technical leadership in multiple generations of multi-core processing," Ron Jankov, senior vice president and general manager of processor and wireless infrastructure at Broadcom, said in a statement.