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Broadcom unveils industry-first 5nm PCIe solutions

EditorAhmed Abdulazez Abdulkadir
Published 03/06/2024, 10:02 AM
Updated 03/06/2024, 10:02 AM
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PALO ALTO, Calif. - Broadcom Inc. (NASDAQ:AVGO) has announced the release of the world's first 5-nanometer (nm) PCIe Gen 5.0/CXL2.0 and PCIe Gen 6.0/CXL3.1 retimers, marking a significant advancement in connectivity technology.

These new retimers, which are part of Broadcom's comprehensive PCIe portfolio, aim to meet the increasing demands of artificial intelligence (AI) servers, offering benefits such as extended reach, reduced power dissipation, and simplified interoperability.

The release underscores Broadcom's commitment to innovation in the realm of PCIe, a critical protocol for the interconnection of CPUs, AI accelerators, NICs, and storage devices. The company's deep expertise in SerDes, protocol, and software is reflected in its leading-edge PCIe switches and retimers, which are designed to enable efficient data center solutions with minimal power consumption and maximum reach.

Vijay Janapaty, vice president and general manager of the Physical Layer Products Division at Broadcom, emphasized the importance of the new retimers in supporting an open, flexible, and industry-standard ecosystem for next-generation AI server fabric.

The company's PCIe Gen 5.0 switches are already widely used for interconnecting AI infrastructure, and the Gen 5.0 retimers are expected to complement this existing technology. Additionally, Broadcom plans to introduce PCIe Gen 6.0/CXL3.1 switches later this year, further expanding its end-to-end PCIe 6.0 portfolio.

Broadcom's innovations have been acknowledged by industry analysts, with Patrick Moorhead, CEO & chief analyst at Moor Insights and Strategy, highlighting the significance of open, standards-based PCIe host solutions for the scalability of AI data centers.

The new retimers feature Broadcom's in-house SerDes technology, which offers 40% greater reach and supports the highest lane count switches in the industry. The architecture is designed to be 50% more power-efficient and provides flexibility in form factor, which is crucial for the development of advanced AI subsystems. Broadcom's advanced diagnostics tools and integrated software suite are intended to simplify system design, validation, and new product introduction (NPI) processes.

Broadcom is currently providing samples of its Gen5 and Gen6 PCIe/CXL retimer devices to early access customers and partners. The announcement indicates Broadcom's ongoing efforts to support the evolving needs of data centers and cloud service providers with interoperable, high-performance computing solutions.

This news is based on a press release statement from Broadcom Inc.

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