Broadcom Announces BCM5725 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) Server Controller

cloud-servers-broadcomBroadcom Corporation has launched a Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) Controller able to integrate a management controller with a high-performance network controller. With the BCM5725 device, Broadcom  is delivering a configurable systems management solution to scale out new servers for high-performance cloud computing applications.

As hosting providers deploy public and private cloud server environments, they require scalable, cost- and energy-efficient architectures that can support today’s cloud computing demands. The BCM5725 device replaces three separate components from existing server designs -including the baseboard management controller, GbE controller and system management firmware. The new device would deliver a streamlined, power-efficient and robust Ethernet and manageability solution ideally suited for large data center and cloud environments.

Broadcom’s BCM5725 devices are currently sampling with volume production slated for Q4 2013.

BCM5725 Key Features:

  1. Integrated 10/100/1000BASE-T and transceiver
  2. IEEE compliant with IEEE 802.3az-2010
  3. Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE)
  4. x1 PCI Express+ v2.1 at 5.0 GT/s or 2.5 GT/s
  5. SMASH 2.0/WS-Management and IPMI 2.0/DCMI 1.5 standards based system management
  6. TruManage technology that enables a comprehensive set of system management features, including:
  • Asset tracking of hardware/software inventory, and sensors-based monitoring
  • Power control (graceful and ungraceful) and boot control  (one-time and persistent boot configurations)
  • User account management (accounts, roles and privileges)
  • Alerts and indications; event and audit logs
  • BIOS management
  • Management firmware update
  • Text console and media redirections
  • Power consumption reporting and power capping