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Broadcom touts new chip line

Tue, 07/17/2001 - 8:00pm
Anne Kerven

Broadcom Corp. just launched its BCM1250, the first product in its SiByte line of processors. The low-power, highly integrated processor line targets the Internet infrastructure market, Broadcom says.

The product integrates two 64-bit CPUs, a high-speed memory subsystem, and I/O peripherals onto a 60 million transistor silicon chip, the company says. Its applications include deep content switching, routing, modem/call termination, hardware acceleration of VPNs, firewalls, storage and wireless infrastructure.

Broadcom also says the BCM1250's two 64-bit MIPS CPU cores can scale to 600 MHz to 1 GHz. The heart of the processor, it adds, is the ZBbus, a 256-bit wide system bus that delivers up to 11 Gbps of on-chip bus bandwidth, while maintaining complete data and I/O "coherence."

The product also complies with the MIPS64 Instruction Set Architecture standard, letting customers use third-party development tools and software, Broadcom says.

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