Competition - The 10 GbE Changeover
Of course, Intel is not the only 10 GbE game in town. For example, Broadcom manufactures an extensive range of 10 GbE PHYs for backplane, optical, serializer/deserializer (SerDes), and twisted pair copper solutions. The current flagship in this last group is the BCM84844 Quad-Port 10GBASE-T Transceiver. Like the X540, this chip is made on a 40 nm process and consumes dramatically less power than its predecessor, although it still must be paired with an XFI or SGMII MAC interface.