Aricent collaborates with Broadcom to develop mobile backhaul reference framework

Aricent announced its alliance with chip provider Broadcom to develop a mobile backhaul reference framework.

Aricent’s Intelligent Switching Solution (ISS) has been deployed in the field on Broadcom’s StrataXGS BCM56440 Ethernet Switch leveraging Broadcom’s latest Software Development Kit (SDK). ISS on Broadcom’s StrataXGS BCM56450 platform will be available by the end of this year.

Aricent in a statement says its ISS leverages Broadcom’s StrataXGS BCM56440 and BCM56450 switch SoCs to render Layer 2 and VLAN switching, Layer 3 routing, multiprotocol label switching (MPLS), MPLS-TP, provider backbone bridging (PBB), operations, administration and management (OAM), protection, timing, and synchronization features.

The alliance is expected to help equipment vendors build next generation carrier grade mobile backhaul solutions, while reducing time-to-market and development costs.

Aricent’s ISS, which offers advanced Layer 2 switching capabilities, IPv4/v6 routing, QoS, security, and management capabilities for a variety of network equipment, will be Carrier Ethernet 2.0 ready by Dec, 2013.

Broadcom’s StrataXGS BCM56440 Ethernet Switch is designed to address the economic and performance challenges of service providers as they upgrade legacy mobile networks to manage the exponential growth in wireless data traffic and transition to 4G.

Aricent’s ISS is also available on Broadcom’s chipsets for Datacenter Top of Rack switches including StrataXGS Trident (BCM56840) and Trident Plus (BCM56846), and it will be soon available on Trident II as well. ISS will also be available on Broadcom’s carrier Ethernet aggregation switches including StrataXGS BCM56526 in the future.

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