Broadcom Ltd is targeting smart NIC and scale-out storage applications with the launch of BCM58800 series of data centre SoCs. The BCM58800 uses the 16nm FinFET+ process to minimise power consumption and enable high CPU performance in a compact package.

Key features of the BCM58800:

  • Integrates Octa-core 3GHz ARMv8 Coretx-A72 CPU, encryption/decryption offload engines and a 100G NetXtreme NIC with TruFlow connected to high-speed interfaces.
  • Incorporates RoCEv2 and SR-IOV.
  • Fits in industry standard server form factors including the half-height, half-length PCIe form factor.
  • Uses 16nm FinFET+ process.
  • 3 DDR memory channels delivering up to 50% higher memory bandwidth compared to 2 channels.
  • 100G NVMe-over-Fabric (NVMe-oF) storage target controller and erasure and RAID offload engines.

Broadcom is sampling the compact BCM58802 controller in a production smart NIC form-factor (half-height, half-length PCIe 3.0 NIC) along with the BCM58808 controller in an ATX-style platform for storage target evaluation.