Broadcom Achieves Mass Production on Industry-Leading 12.8 Tbps Tomahawk® 3 Ethernet Switch Family

World’s first 32 x 400GbE / 128 x 100GbE integrated switch-on-chip ramping in volume at cloud service providers

Celestica Silverstone DX400
Description: 1RU, 32 x 400GbE QSFP56-DD platform. Switching Chipset: Broadcom Tomahawk 3 12.8Tbps (BCM56980). Availability: Now.


Delta Networks AGC032 & AG90C8B
Description: 1RU, 32 x 400GbE QSFP56-DD platform (AGC032); 4RU, 128 x 100GbE QSFP28 platform (AG90C8B). Switching Chipset: Broadcom Tomahawk 3 12.8Tbps (BCM56980). Control Plane Complex: Broadwell-DE CPU. Availability: Now


Edgecore Networks AS9716-32D
Description: 1RU, 32 x 400GbE QSFP56-DD platform, OCP contributed design. Switching Chipset: Broadcom Tomahawk 3 12.8Tbps (BCM56980). Control Plane Complex: Broadwell-DE CPU. Availability: Now


Quanta Cloud Technology T9032-IX9
Description: 1RU, 32 x 400GbE QSFP56-DD platform. Switching Chipset: Broadcom Tomahawk 3 12.8Tbps (BCM56980). Control Plane Complex: Broadwell-DE CPU, 32GB DRAM, 128GB M.2 Flash. Availability: Now.


SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 24, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Broadcom, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVGO), today announced that it has fully qualified the StrataXGS® Tomahawk ® 3 switch series for production release, enabling high-volume deployment of Ethernet network equipment based on market-leading 12.8 Terabits/sec of switching and routing performance implemented on a single chip. The Tomahawk 3 series is the industry’s first fully production-qualified silicon family that supports high-density, line-rate 400GbE, 200GbE, 100GbE, and 50GbE interconnect for massive scale-out of software-defined cloud data centers, reducing cost per port by 75% and power-per-port by 40% compared to existing solutions.

Triggered by an explosion of ultra-high-performance networking applications in cloud infrastructure, including deep learning, massively distributed container networking, and disaggregated flash storage using RoCEv2 and NVME-over-Fabrics, the Tomahawk 3 series has already been designed into the multi-tiered, scale-out data center fabrics of the largest cloud service providers worldwide.

“We are delighted and humbled by the widespread adoption of Tomahawk 3 based switching solutions in cloud infrastructure,” said Ram Velaga, senior vice president and general manager, Switch Products at Broadcom. “Our engineering team has executed to the demands of the largest cloud operators globally, including the most rigorous system and network-level qualification requirements – both in our labs and in customer testbeds. Network operators are able to immediately deploy Tomahawk 3 based fabrics, at scale, and with confidence.”

“Broadcom once again has established generational product leadership in the data-center switching market, with Tomahawk 3 being the first 12.8 Tbps switch to achieve volume production serving dense 100GbE, 200GbE and 400GbE leaf-spine infrastructure,” said Bob Wheeler, principal analyst at The Linley Group. “With a substantial time-to-production-deployment advantage, Tomahawk 3 should secure a commanding presence in the current hyperscale-network upgrade cycle.”

The Tomahawk 3 switch series features multiple devices at 12.8Tbps, 8.0 Tbps, and 6.4 Tbps based on the industry’s most performant 50G PAM4 / 25G NRZ SerDes technology. All devices in the series have completed extensive functional, performance, and reliability testing and have been qualified for volume production.

Tomahawk 3 based Hardware Platforms from the Networking ODM Community:

Multiple high-performance, efficient-form-factor switching platforms based on the production-qualified Tomahawk 3 series are available now from the Networking Original Design Manufacturing (ODM) vendor community.

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