Broadcom (BRCM -1.6%) tries to grab a bigger piece of the high-margin network processor (NPU) market by launching its XLP980 chip. Broadcom claims the XLP980, which leverages NetLogic and TSMC's 28nm process, can deliver 160 Gbps of throughput. The Linley Group's Bob Wheeler calls the XLP980 "a beast," and notes it has a head-start on a pending chip for Cavium's (CAVM) OCTEON III line, but cautions it could be limited to high-end applications. Broadcom (BRCM) also competes with EZchip (EZCH) in the NPU space. EZchip's NP-4 processor offers 100 Gbps of throughput; the NP-5 (due in 2014) reaches 240 Gbps. (PR)
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