Feeds

Broadcom offloads $76m for Ethernet dynamo

TCP/IP, iSCSI, iWarp, iWhatever

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Maximizing your infrastructure through virtualization

Broadcom bought a little bit of its future on Tuesday, acquiring networking chip start-up Siliquent Technologies.

The $76m cash deal, expected to close by October, gives Broadcom one of the more interesting offloaders. Siliquent specializes in designing Ethernet chips that can handle different types of data such as TCP/IP, iSCSI and iWarp traffic. Theoretically, these chips should improve the flow of large chunks of data across Ethernet-based storage systems, blade servers and server clusters.

In particular, Broadcom touted the ways Siliquent could add to 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) NICs.

"With 10GbE being the next frontier for enterprise networks, our acquisition of Siliquent provides technology that enables Broadcom to deliver TCP/IP offload, iSCSI and RDMA capabilities on a single-chip, 10GbE controller," said Greg Young, a vice president at Broadcom. "10GbE completes our C-NIC (converged-NIC) vision and levels the performance playing field against competitive network fabrics such as Infiniband and Fibre Channel, enabling Broadcom to unify the data center around a single ubiquitous, standards-based Ethernet fabric that delivers higher levels of performance and improved network communications."

Register readers likely stand as the last people who need to be told about Ethernet's surprising longevity. Just when the big vendors would like to cram Infiniband down your throats, 10GbE starts looking like a success. This acquisition will help Broadcom's push to keep Ethernet thriving and build on its economical past.

A few start-ups have already pushed the offloading idea, particularly in the TCP/IP realm with moderate success. Larger players such as Intel and Sun Microsystems look to build some offloading functions in their future multicore CPUs, helping blur the line as to when a specialized networking chip will be needed.

You can check out Siliquent's gear here

Related stories

Microsoft's 'Chimney' stuffed by TCP/IP settlement
Broadcom finds an antitrust suit for Qualcomm
US mulls Broadcom's Qualcomm broadside
Broadcom broadsides Qualcomm with wireless chip IP lawsuit

The Power of One eBook: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in
He walked over the broken glass, killed the thugs... and er... reconnected the cables*
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
SHOCK and AWS: The fall of Amazon's deflationary cloud
Just as Jeff Bezos did to books and CDs, Amazon's rivals are now doing to it
BlackBerry: Toss the server, mate... BES is in the CLOUD now
BlackBerry Enterprise Services takes aim at SMEs - but there's a catch
The triumph of VVOL: Everyone's jumping into bed with VMware
'Bandwagon'? Yes, we're on it and so what, say big dogs
Carbon tax repeal won't see data centre operators cut prices
Rackspace says electricity isn't a major cost, Equinix promises 'no levy'
Disaster Recovery upstart joins DR 'as a service' gang
Quorum joins the aaS crowd with DRaaS offering
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.