Broadcom’s 64Bit Quad-Core Router Processor Is an ‘Industry First’

Chip maker Broadcom unveiled a new high-powered router processor that can deliver over 5 Gbps of system data throughput “without taxing the CPU,” the company claims. The BCM4908 includes a 1.8GHz 64bit quad-core ARM CPU. It will “deliver the extra CPU power needed for smart home and Internet of Things [IoT] applications,” the company said, “while unleashing the higher Internet speeds coming into the home,” such as 1 Gbps service from fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks, or say Comcast’s recently announced residential symmetrical 2 Gbps service its rolling out in Atlanta, Georgia.

“With this new SoC [system on a chip], Broadcom is driving home network connectivity to the next level,” said Manny Patel, Broadcom director of marketing for wireless connectivity at Broadcom. “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.”

One of the CPU’s key features: It utilizes low power 28nm technology and advanced power management, “offering power reductions of more than 50% as compared to previous solutions,” the company said.

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