LAS VEGAS—Broadcom announced a 64-bit quad-core processor for high-end routers during International CES, held here Jan. 6-9. The processor will target smart home, Internet of Things (IoT), and enterprise applications that require increasingly higher throughput.
The BCM4908 processor includes a 28nm 1.8GHz ARM CPU alongside Broadcom’s network packet processor to deliver more than 5 Gbits/second of system data throughput without taxing the CPU. The CPU would be left free to run a variety of software on the router, the company says.
“We’re enabling OEMs to build more powerful home routers that address the increased bandwidth requirements needed to support the continued consumption of high-bandwidth content, the growing demand for UltraHD as well as the growing emergence of more IoT and smart home applications,” Manny Patel, director of marketing for wireless connectivity, said in a release.The chip also supports the increased speeds coming into the home through services such as Google Fiber using an interface for a 2.5 Gigabit/s Ethernet PHY. Broadcom officials said routers can achieve over 3.5 Gbits/s combined speed when paired with the company’s wave2 5G WiFi MU-MIMO chip.