Broadcom Announces Industry-First Portfolio of OCP NIC 3.0 Adapters for Data Center and Cloud Infrastructure
by Josh Anderson
SAN JOSE, CA — Broadcom has announced customer sample availability of its OCP NIC 3.0 adapter solutions supporting the full range of data rates and interfaces from 1GbE to 200GbE. The portfolio includes a wide selection of Ethernet adapter cards with 1-, 2- and 4-port configurations, allowing the industry to easily build high-performance server systems and effectively scale network capacity to meet the demands of high bandwidth applications such as machine learning, high performance computing (HPC), network function virtualization (NFV), and all flash arrays (AFA).
Based on proven NetXtreme E-Series Ethernet controllers, the OCP NIC 3.0 adapters provide superior performance and efficiency utilizing a unique set of highly optimized hardware acceleration engines. 100GbE and 200GbE adapters are powered by Broadcom’s state-of-the-art Thor multi-host controller that has the industry’s best performing 56G PAM-4 SerDes and PCIe 4.0 interface. Broadcom offers the most advanced and complete portfolio of OCP NIC 3.0 adapters, enabling data center operators and cloud providers to easily and cost-effectively scale computing and storage resources and adapt to constantly changing requirements.
“OCP NIC 3.0 provides a unified specification and form factor for connecting server and storage systems,” said Ed Redmond, Senior Vice-President and General Manager of the Compute and Connectivity Division at Broadcom. “With strong customer demand and virtually unanimous industry backing for this unified solution, our complete portfolio of OCP NIC 3.0 adapters facilitates broad adoption of this new form factor and drives further innovation in high performance computing and storage applications to address an ever-increasing demand for bandwidth.”
The press release announcing the platform included a variety of useful quotes from industry leaders:
- “We are pleased with a broad solution offering based on the new OCP NIC 3.0 spec,” said Jia Ning, Hardware Engineering Manager at Facebook. “Variety of offerings around a common standard will facilitate broad adoption that will fill end customer needs for diverse server designs.”
- “We are pleased to see a complete portfolio of network adapters from Broadcom,” said Ying Liu, Vice-President of Tencent Cloud. “Support for the full speeds and feeds as well as 50G PAM4 Serdes and 200G on one form factor allows us to use more cost effective and flexible server solutions.”
- “The OCP NIC 3.0 definition is just one example of the power of collaboration to establish open server platforms in the industry, and we welcome the availability of the new Broadcom OCP NIC 3.0 solutions to the ecosystem,” said Raghu Nambiar, Corporate Vice-pPresident and CTO of Center Ecosystems & Application Engineering at AMD. “With the first PCIe 4.0 products from AMD expected to arrive this year, the ability to support the highest speed NICs from Broadcom in an OCP design will be welcomed by customers of AMD EPYC processors.”
- “New demands for open systems standards emerge each day to modernize the data center, and as a platinum partner of the Open Compute Project (OCP), we are committed to supporting and accelerating innovation to meet those growing needs,” said Tom Lattin, vice president of ProLiant and Cloudline Systems at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “With HPE’s contributions, along with Broadcom’s, to the OCP 3.0 specification, we are building on a long history of advancing open standards to drive innovation for the data center with a common networking hardware definition.”
- “H3C’s new UniServer R5300G3 server integrated many innovations to meet the strong demand of Chinese customers for the cutting-edge technology,” said Billy Chen, vice president of the new H3C Group and president of the Compute & Storage product line. “Broadcom’s new OCP NIC 3.0 portfolio of Ethernet adapters from 1G to 200G addresses the full range of speeds and feeds our broad customer base requires.”
About Broadcom: Broadcom Inc. is a global technology leader that designs, develops and supplies a broad range of semiconductor and infrastructure software solutions. Broadcom’s category-leading product portfolio serves critical markets including data center, networking, enterprise software, broadband, wireless, storage and industrial. Our solutions include data center networking and storage, enterprise and mainframe software focused on automation, monitoring and security, smartphone components, telecoms and factory automation