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Broadcom Launches Integrated 5G WiFi SoC

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

Broadcom says that its new StrataGX BCM58525 series SoC is the world's most integrated SoC for switch control plane applications.

The new chip integrates a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor running at 1.2 GHz as well as another ARM Cortex-R5 core running at 500 MHz that acts as a programmable flow accelerator.

Broadcom is targeting the new chip at 5G WiFi access points and applications that include cloud-based services such as video conferencing, collaboration and surveillance. The company stated that the SoC "is ideal for demanding applications where power and real estate is at a premium, while providing the advanced security features including MACsec, cryptographic engines, an additional embedded ARM coprocessor and secure boot to protect the network from external threats."

Features of the chip include integrated 10/100/1000 PHYs, an integrated cryptographic accelerator with 2 Gbps IPsec performance, as well as a dedicated packet buffer subsystem. Broadcom said that the SoC will enter volume production in the fourth quarter of this year.

What makes this chip especially interesting is Broadcom's noticeable emphasis on the fact that this SoC is based on ARM architecture. ARM's stated goal is to enter the enterprise market, but not necessarily via micro servers where it would be on a collision course with Intel. Instead, ARM sees more value in pursuing those markets that are unfamiliar to Intel -- such as networking devices. Broadcom is a perfect example for that approach, while there is a clear note that ARM's processor architecture can deliver both power savings as well as performance.

Wolfgang Gruener is a contributor to Tom's IT Pro. He is currently principal analyst at Ndicio Research, a market analysis firm that focuses on and disruptive technologies. An 18-year veteran in IT journalism and , he previously published TG Daily and was editor of Tom's Hardware news, which he grew from a link collection in the early 2000s into one of the most comprehensive and trusted technology news sources.

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