'Industry's first' 64-bit quad-core router processor

6th January 2016
Nat Bowers

From CES 2016 in Las Vegas, Broadcom has announced the industry's first 64bit quad-core processor for high-end routers. The BCM4908 enables OEMs and service providers to deliver the extra CPU power needed for smart home and IoT applications while unleashing the higher internet speeds coming into the home.

The BCM4908 includes the industry's first 1.8GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM CPU and uses Broadcom's Runner network packet processor to deliver more than 5Gb/s of system data throughput without taxing the CPU. It also supports the increased speeds coming into the home including Google Fiber and Comcast 2Gb/s via an interface for a 2.5 GbE PHY, allowing consumers to enjoy the fastest connection available today.

Manny Patel, Director of Marketing, Wireless Connectivity, Broadcom, commented: "With this new SoC, Broadcom is driving home network connectivity to the next level. By increasing the CPU performance and adding advanced features, we're enabling OEMs to build more powerful home routers that address the increased bandwidth requirements needed to support the continued consumption of high-bandwidth content, growing demand for UltraHD as well as the growing emergence of more IoT and smart home applications."

The BCM4908 pairs with Broadcom's BCM4366 wave 2 5G WiFi MU-MIMO to deliver more than 3.4Gb/s of simultaneous WiFi throughput.

The BCM4908 is currently sampling.

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