Broadcom Announces Support for 64-bit, AMD Opteron™ Processors in Servers and Workstations
Broadcom Optimizes its NetXtreme™ GbE Software Drivers for AMD64 Technology, Increasing Enterprise Network Performance and Productivity
Irvine, CA --
Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), the leading provider of silicon solutions enabling broadband communications, today announced that its industry-leading Broadcom® NetXtreme™ Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) controller family, the BCM570x, supports AMD Opteron™ processors with AMD64 technology. Broadcom’s new 64-bit enhanced drivers help enable higher data throughput and increased CPU performance for today’s most demanding enterprise applications.
In addition to supporting other industry-leading PC processors, Broadcom’s 32/64-bit GbE controllers are now designed for use within AMD Opteron processor-powered servers and workstations, enhancing the performance, reliability and power efficiency of AMD’s next generation server and workstation platforms. Support for 64-bit processing enables the server or workstation to execute more tasks and increases overall network performance.
“As the leading provider of Gigabit Ethernet solutions, we have worked closely with AMD to enable high-performance, low-cost server and workstation solutions,” said Thomas Lagatta, Vice President and General Manager of Broadcom's Client Server Networking Business Unit. “The combination of AMD’s advanced 64-bit processor and Broadcom’s NetXtreme GbE controllers delivers leading-edge performance and reliability while reducing the total cost of ownership for enterprise customers worldwide.”
AMD Opteron processors provide today’s enterprises with a simplified solution to 64-bit computing in servers and workstations. It offers native 32- and 64-bit processing that preserves companies’ investments in 32-bit applications while allowing a seamless transition to a 64-bit environment when needed. The new AMD Opteron processors also include an integrated memory controller that reduces memory bottlenecks, as well as HyperTransport™ technology which increases overall system performance by removing or reducing I/O bottlenecks while increasing CPU bandwidth and reducing latency. The performance of Broadcom’s NetXtreme GbE controllers makes them an ideal solution for AMD Opteron processor-based environments, combining the highest performing servers with the highest performing network controllers.
“AMD64 technology signifies the industry’s first unified 64-bit architecture that leverages the industry-standard x86 platform and is designed to reduce the total cost of ownership for enterprises,” said Rich Heye, Vice President and General Manager of AMD’s Microprocessor Business Unit. “Broadcom has been an early supporter of our AMD64 technology across all client server platforms. Customers who utilize AMD Opteron processor-based systems can expect high-performing, compatible and reliable solutions for their enterprise beginning with servers and workstations now, to be followed by desktops later this year.”
BCM570X Product Overview:
The BCM570x NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet controller family is comprised of a PCI/PCI-X-based 10/100/1000 Megabit per second (Mbps) media access controller with an integrated 10/100/1000 Mbps transceiver. Triple-speed (10, 100 and 1000 Mbps operation) support, with standards-based auto-negotiation, allows server, storage system, workstation and computer manufacturers to build solutions that can seamlessly interface with Ethernet, Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet equipment over existing Category 5 cabling infrastructures.
The NetXtreme family features a comprehensive software suite (Linux® 64 Redhat, Linux 64 SuSE and Windows® .Net 64 x86) supporting AMD Opteron processors and provides a complete solution for client applications, including drivers for all popular operating systems, as well as support for the latest manageability specifications such as WoL and ASF. The processor-based GbE controller design enables advanced management software to run in firmware so it can be remotely upgraded via simple downloads.
Broadcom’s Gigabit Ethernet family includes switching solutions, transceivers, security processors and controllers for servers, workstations, desktops and mobile PCs, providing the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of Gigabit Ethernet solutions. Broadcom’s Gigabit Ethernet solutions are the most widely deployed and field-proven in the industry.
Gigabit Ethernet is rapidly becoming the standard network technology to connect today’s servers and client enterprise users. Tests conducted last year by the Ziff-Davis Media Company’s eTesting Labs (www.veritest.com
) show that Gigabit Ethernet connections can provide up to a 341% performance and productivity improvement over 10/100 Fast Ethernet connections running everyday business applications on client systems such as e-mail, Web browsing, databases and disk back-up.
Broadcom Corporation is the leading provider of highly integrated silicon solutions that enable broadband communications and networking of voice, video and data services. Using proprietary technologies and advanced design methodologies, Broadcom designs, develops and supplies complete system-on-a-chip solutions and related hardware and software applications for every major broadband communications market. Our diverse product portfolio includes solutions for digital cable and satellite set-top boxes; cable and DSL modems and residential gateways; high-speed transmission and switching for local, metropolitan, wide area and storage networking; home and wireless networking; cellular and terrestrial wireless communications; Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) gateway and telephony systems; broadband network processors; and SystemI/O™ server solutions. These technologies and products support our core mission: Connecting everything®.
Broadcom is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and may be contacted at 1-949-450-8700 or at www.broadcom.com
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