Broadband Briefs for 1/28/08
* Cisco intros terabyte-level platform for data centers
By Brian Santo
Cisco announced a family of switching platforms specifically for corporate data centers. The Cisco Nexus Series is designed to accommodate several parallel trends.
Corporate IT departments are trying to minimize redundant server and storage systems, even as data demands increase, and the data that needs to be distributed is coming to include more and more applications and services as well.
The Cisco Nexus 7000 is the first product in the 7000 series, which combines Ethernet, IP and storage capabilities across one unified network fabric. It is modular and scalable up to 15 Tbps of switching capacity in a single chassis. The Nexus series is based on a unified fabric, meant to eliminate the need for parallel storage and computational networks, reduce the number of server interfaces, and reduce the cabling and switching infrastructure required.
Cisco said the system is being tested by Microsoft and is in use by the National Nuclear Security Administration's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
* Broadcom’s SoC solution powering RCA DTA800B converter box
By Traci Patterson
Broadcom Corp.’s digital television (DTV) system-on-a-chip (SoC) solution is being utilized by the RCA DTA800B digital-to-analog converter box. The RCA DTA800B was recently certified as a "coupon-eligible converter box."
At CES, continuing with the whole-home connectivity theme, Broadcom unveiled an AVC/MPEG transcoder chip for home gateways, showcased a reference design for a connected DTV platform and announced customers for its Intensi-fi 802.11n wireless chips. In addition, Microsoft announced that Broadcom has become an “ecosystem partner,” providing a SoC that supports a number of advanced TV and video networking features.
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