Interop 2014: Broadcom adds multi-core communications processors XLP500 Series for NFV, SDN

At the Interop 2014, Broadcom announced the expansion of its XLPII multi-core communications processors family with the XLP500 Series – targeting Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) deployment.

Broadcom said XLP500 series feature 32 NXCPUs and 80 Gbps performance and delivers up to 4X the per-core performance of competing processors.

The new series offer better processing performance to simplify Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) deployment by achieving with a quad-issue, quad-threaded superscalar architecture with out-of-order execution.

Support for Broadcom’s Open NFV platform and interoperability with Broadcom’s StrataXGS Switch Series streamlines the development process, optimizes power requirements, reduces hardware costs and improves time-to-market.

“For service providers and data center operators looking to manage dynamically changing workloads and massive data requirements, the XLP500 Series provides the processing performance and flexibility required to deploy new services and cost-effectively scale the network,” said Chris O’Reilly, Broadcom, senior director of Product Marketing, Processors & Wireless Infrastructure.

Broadcom has introduced the StrataXGS Trident II Series

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, the company said.

“To facilitate a 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 range of products, including high-end SDN control plane applications, leveraging a single common software platform.

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