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Broadcom Unveils Industry's Highest-Density 10G-EPON Optical Line Terminal Family

Complete System-on-Chip Delivers 10x More Bandwidth and Significantly Higher Subscriber Count per Fiber Network

BEIJING, Sept. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

News Highlights:

  • Allows OEMs to address Telco and Cable MSO 10G FTTx deployments with one silicon platform
  • Compliant with global industry standards and specifications1
  • Together with BCM55030 ONU delivers complete end-to-end 10G EPON solution

Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today introduced the BCM5553x family, the industry's highest-density dual, quad and octal port single-chip 10G-EPON Optical Line Terminals (OLTs). Designed to address high-speed connectivity and quality of service (QoS) requirements of residential triple-play services including video-on-demand (VoD), HD-IPTV, voice over IP (VoIP) and high-speed Internet (HIS), the BCM5553x series of OLT system-on-chips (SoCs) deliver 10x more bandwidth.2  Visit www.broadcom.com to learn more.

When combined with the BCM88350 family of integrated single-chip traffic manager/packet processors and the ultra-low power, small footprint BCM55030 optical network unit (ONU) SoC, the BCM5553x 10G EPON OLT family delivers a complete high-performance chipset platform. The end-to-end solution allows system OEMs to address telco and cable multi service operator (MSO) markets with faster time-to-market, lower power and cost per port, and uncompromising carrier-grade quality of service (QoS) for next-generation FTTX access networks.

The BCM5553x family offers support for both 10 Gbps (10G) symmetric and asymmetric data rates combined with 1 Gpbs (1G)-EPON co-existence on a single fiber, while enabling 3G/LTE mobile backhaul and enterprise business services on a common fiber access network.  With unified management, the BCM5553x family delivers a scalable and flexible fiber access solution for both telco and cable MSOs.

For fiber-to-the-building (FTTB) multi-dwelling unit (MDU) applications, the BCM5553x product family enables service providers to simultaneously support current 1G-EPON subscribers through 1G/10G co-existence, while allowing the gradual upgrade of new subscribers to 10G-EPON for increased bandwidth on the same fiber with a simple OLT line card upgrade. For fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployments, Broadcom's 10G OLT SoCs empower next-generation digital homes to fully support ultra-high-speed, latency-sensitive services such as 3D TV and advanced interactive Internet gaming, elevating broadband user experiences to the next level.

Market Drivers

  • Business IP traffic to grow at a 21 percent CAGR through 20143
  • Total PON aggregation equipment revenues to exceed $4.5B by 20164
    • Fastest growth within Broadband aggregation equipment  category (PON, Cable, DSL)
  • FTTx represents the highest growth Broadband consumer category
    • Up to 50 percent of China subscribers by 20165

BCM5553x Family Key Features

  • IEEE 802.3av, SIEPON P1904.1/D3.0, China Telecom 3.0, and Cable Labs® DPoE TM  compliant
  • Simultaneous 10G symmetric and asymmetric operation with 1.25 Gbps/2.5 Gbps co-existence
  • 8x 10G IEEE 803.3av-compatible MACs with integrated 10G and 1G Burst-mode OLT SerDes
  • Supports up to 512 subscribers per 10G port with up to four classes of service per subscriber
  • Network Synchronization support for Mobile Backhaul over PON (1588 v2, ToD/1PPS, SyncE)
  • Support for extended-reach PON up to 100 km
  • Support for DOCSIS® Mediation Layer (DMLTM) middleware for Cable MSO applications


Broadcom's entire end-to-end portfolio of high performance EPON solutions is immediately available. The BCM5553x product family is offered with a complete 8x 10G EPON reference design platform to enable fast time-to market 10G EPON OLT designs. The platform includes the BCM55538 8x 10G OLT, BCM88350 200 Gbps TM/PP and switch with connectivity options to Broadcom's multi-core CPUs and knowledge-based processors (KBP). The BCM55030 10G symmetric ONU is also available for production designs immediately.

Greg Fischer, Vice President & General Manager, Broadcom

"As content consumption by both consumers and businesses continues to drive traffic growth, providers must meet increasing demand for higher bandwidth to more subscribers. Broadcom's BCM5553x family of 10G OLT SoCs builds on the market's most complete EPON and GPON product portfolio, enabling a new class of services previously unavailable via other forms of broadband and creating revenue-generating services for global telco and cable multi-service operators while reducing CapEx and OpEx."

Jeff Heynen, Directing Analyst, Broadband Access and Video, Infonetics Research

"In the Asia Pacific region and especially in China, major operators are investing in heavily in EPON, a trend we expect to continue throughout 2015. As focus increases on introducing subscribers to the new infrastructure, scalable and flexible 10G EPON OLT solutions such as Broadcom's BCM5553x series of SoCs will play an important role in increasing adoption rates over the next three years."

Jag Bolaria, Senior Analyst, The Linley Group

"Consumers today expect a high-quality experience from residential triple-play services such as video-on-demand (VoD), HD television and high-speed Internet and interactive Internet gaming. Broadcom's 10G OLT SoCs play a key role in delivering best-in-class service for the broadband experience to next-generation digital homes in global markets."


1 Meets IEEE 802.3av, China Telecom 3.0, SIEPON P1904.1, and Cable Labs® DPoE TM specifications
2 Compared to currently deployed FTTX networks
3 CISCO Visual Networking Index, 2012 
4 Infonetics, "PON, FTTH, and DSL Aggregation: Equipment and Subscribers," 2012 
5 Ovum Research, "FTTX Market Review, FOOCC Conference," 2011

About Broadcom

Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a FORTUNE 500® company, is a global leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom® products seamlessly deliver voice, video, data and multimedia connectivity in the home, office and mobile environments. With the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip and embedded software solutions, Broadcom is changing the world by Connecting everything®. For more information, go to www.broadcom.com.

Broadcom®, the pulse logo, Connecting everything®, and the Connecting everything logo are among the trademarks of Broadcom Corporation and/or its affiliates in the United States, certain other countries and/or the EU.  Any other trademarks or trade names mentioned are the property of their respective owners.


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