BCM56450 Series

Mobile Backhaul Ethernet Multilayer Switch and Traffic Manager

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The StrataXGS® BCM56450 is Broadcom’s ninth generation of the StrataXGS® product line. The Broadcom StrataXGS BCM56450 is purpose-built for next-generation Carrier Ethernet Edge and Mobile Backhaul platforms. The StrataXGS BCM56450 supports an integrated packet buffer with an external packet buffer expansion option, using economical DDR3 SDRAM technology. The StrataXGS BCM56450 is capable of handling L2 switching, L3 routing, Metro VPN tunneling and Access Control Lists (ACLs). The StrataXGS BCM56450’s virtualized architecture enables seamless support for VPLS, VPWS, MPLS-TP, PBB and PBB-TE tunneling. The StrataXGS BCM56450 also offers unparalleled integration for supporting Ethernet time synchronization. Synchronous Ethernet Clock recovery is supported on any port to enable physical layer clock synchronization. In addition to physical layer clock synchronization, the StrataXGS BCM56450 supports both IEEE 1588v2 and IEEE 802.1as packet-based clock synchronization.


  • Advanced OAM functions and hardware-based protection switching enable a highly reliable backhaul network
  • Carrier Ethernet packet processor delivers line-rate L2 and VLAN switching, L3 routing, MPLS, MPLS-TP and provider backbone bridging (PBB) while supporting L2, L3, MPLS or PBB deployment models
  • On-chip ARM-based CPU and integrated 10G optical PHYs reduce bill-of-materials cost and enable a compact system design
  • Highly integrated, purpose-built solution for fixed and modular systems
  • Deep buffer for lossless delivery of services


  • Carrier and Service Provider Servers (switching)
  • Data Center Servers (switching)

Lifecycle Status


Specification Value
Lifecycle Active
Distrib. Inventory No
SerDes / GPHY 49 x 1G, 4 x 10G, 2 x 42G
I/O Bandwidth (Gbps) 173
Bandwidth UOM Gbps
I/O BANDWIDTH (Gbps) 173 Gbps


28nm Octal 25G/28G Unidirectional Repeater


28nm Octal 25G/28G Bidirectional Repeater


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