Broadcom BCM53134 GbE Switch Uses 28nm Process Node to Reduce Power Consumption

Broadcom Corporation, a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today announced the industry's lowest-power Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switch for home gateways, small business switch systems and wireless router applications.

The BCM53134 GbE switch enables OEMs and ODMs to meet European Code of Conduct and stricter energy efficiency requirements for broadband routers and gateways. Broadcom will preview the BCM53134 at COMPUTEX from June 2-6 in Taipei Taiwan. For more news, visit Broadcom's Newsroom.

Built on Broadcom's RoboSwitch™ architecture, the BCM53134 uses a 28 nanometer (nm) process node to reduce power consumption to less than 1 Watt, surpassing energy efficiency standards around the world. Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE), which is supported on the BCM53134, can reduce power consumption by an additional 60 percent. The BCM53134 is also the industry's first low-port-count Gigabit Ethernet switch to integrate 2.5 Gbps SGMII, which addresses the increased demand for bandwidth in SOHO, home and wireless router applications.

"As the energy efficiency requirements around the globe continue to grow more strict, our customers are under pressure to design solutions that address the growing bandwidth demands in the home and small business while reducing the power required to do so," said Dan Harding, Broadcom Vice President of Marketing, Compute & Connectivity. "Broadcom has a track record of designing Ethernet connectivity solutions to address the changing industry demands. This new solution delivers the energy efficiency required to meet new standards while delivering the bandwidth end-users need."

The increased adoption of services such as Internet Protocol (IP) phone and video streaming are also driving the need for a reliable, always-on connection. The BCM53134 delivers the most comprehensive feature set required by top tier service providers for home and SOHO/SMB gateways, including eight selectable classes of service per port, delivering significantly improved Quality of Service (QoS).

"We expect to see approximately 836 million new residential gateway units ship between 2015 and 2019 as service providers continue to move away from basic modems to more highly-integrated residential gateways," said Jeff Heynen, IHS Research Director. "At 28nm, a sub-1W power envelope, and a 2.5Gbps SerDes, the BCM53134 is well poised to address the growing needs of ODMs in the years to come."

Key Features

  • Under 1W typical power
  • Four GPHY integrated + 1xRGMII + 1xRGMII/SGMII
  • 1G/2.5 Gbps SGMII to address growth in bandwidth demand, connectivity to GPON networks, and 802.11ac rollout
  • Integrated on-chip 8051 microcontroller for cable diagnostics and green-power saving modes
  • Robust Layer 2 feature set with IEEE 802.1p, MAC Port, TOS and DiffServ
  • 256-pin, 11 x 11 mm FBGA package for improved layout and yield
  • Integrated rules engine, rate control per queue, with support for 128 entries
  • BroadSync® HD for IEEE 802.1AS support


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