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10Gbits/s chipset coming in 2002?

Ronald Hanaki
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The Broadcom / ServerWorks deal will pave the way for faster chipsets.

Broadcom Corp.’s acquisition of ServerWorks Inc. will lead to a new-generation high-speed chipset that will render obsolete even the forthcoming PCI-X I/O bus, officials of the two companies told EBN Monday. The new technology will even replace some silicon germanium and gallium arsenide network switching chips, they added.

PCI-X has a speed of of 8 Gbits/s, but even that will become a choke point or enterprise and network servers in 2002, said Yossi Cohen, director of marketing for Broadcom, Irvine, Calif. That is when four different high-speed I/O systems hit the market: 10-Gbit/s Ethernet, 10-Gbit/s Fibre Channel, 10-Gbit/s Sonet (also designated OC-192), and 10-Gbit/s Infiniband.

The article notes that “Intel also has warrants to acquire up to a 5% interest in ServerWorks.”

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