BCM56540 Series

High-Bandwidth 1 GbE/10 GbE/40 GbE Multilayer Ethernet Switch

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High-bandwidth 1 GbE/10 GbE/40 GbE multilayer Ethernet switch designed for access and aggregation deployments.

The BCM56540 is an advanced switch that delivers 180 Gb/s of line-rate performance. Built on the proven StrataXGS® architecture, the BCM56540 brings groundbreaking innovations into the metro aggregation layer. With the Broadcom AppAware™ engine, the BCM56540 enables ubiquitous traffic visualization and application-based flow, QoS and management capabilities cost-effectively.


  • 180 Gb/s Carrier Ethernet Switch with GbE, 10 GbE and 40 GbE ports
  • Latest MPLS, MPLS-TP, IP standards for PTN and IP-RAN networks
  • Guaranteed service with fast linear, ring protection and Ethernet, MPLS OAM
  • Embedded synchronization solution including hardware and software
  • Flexible unified forwarding table can optimize performance in different network types
  • Broadcom AppAware™ flow recognition and QoS


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

Lifecycle Status


Specification Value
Lifecycle Active
Distrib. Inventory No
SerDes / GPHY 48 x 1G + 8 x HG[11]
I/O Bandwidth (Gbps) 128
Bandwidth UOM Gbps
I/O BANDWIDTH (Gbps) 128 Gbps


28nm Octal 25G/28G Unidirectional Repeater


28nm Octal 25G/28G Bidirectional Repeater


Instrumentation software suite