New Communications Processors from Broadcom

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Leading semiconductor solutions provider Broadcom Corporation (BRCM) recently extended the XLP II multi-core communications processors family with the introduction of XLP500 series to provide workload flexibility for Network Functions Virtualization (:NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN.V) applications.

Broadcom's XLP II 500 series multi-core processors include breakthrough XLPII processor technology that integrates up to 32 NXCPUs and 80Gbps of application performance. The new XLP500 series optimizes performance, power and workload flexibility to meet the requirements of NFV offloading, SDN controller security and storage applications.  It delivers up to 4 times the per-core performance of competing processors. This latest processor offers quad-issue, quad-threading and advanced out-of-order execution CPU architecture with full virtualization support.
    
We note that launching a new network service often requires space and power issues along with increasing costs of energy, capital investment challenges and skills necessary to design and operate these complex hardware appliances. The XLP 500 series will address these challenges and provide the processing performance and flexibility required to deploy new services and scale the network with greater efficiency. The fast growth in network traffic has expedited the adoption of NFV and SDN deployment by carriers in order to exercise control and compute power onto their existing infrastructure in a cost-effective manner.

Broadcom continues to drive innovation and engineering excellence across a broad range of communication end markets to help its customers enhance device performance and improve overall power efficiency. The innovative technologies related to connectivity, bandwidth and content enable the company to capture a sizeable market share.

Based in Irvine, Calif., Broadcom is engaged in designing and marketing semiconductor components of network voice, video, and data traffic for various applications.

Broadcom currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Other stocks that look promising and are worth a look in the industry include Ciber, Inc. (CBR), Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and Ebix Inc. (EBIX), each carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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