BCM56860 Series

High Capacity StrataXGS® Trident-II+ Ethernet Switch Series

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*Certain versions of this device are not available for sale in Germany or shipment to or from Germany, and these versions should not be used in any product destined for the German market.
As server interfaces in the enterprise data center transition from 1 to 10GbE, and virtualization continues to increase link utilization, data center networks are demanding top-of-rack (ToR) switches with dense 10GbE ports and 100GbE connectivity to the spine layer.
With support for up to eight 100GbE ports and more than 100 10GbE ports, the StrataXGS® Trident-II+ switch series can be used to build highly scalable, lower power, feature-rich ToR switches. Together with spine switches built around the StrataXGS Tomahawk™ and StrataDNX™ switch series, the Trident-II+ series form the ideal combination to drive cloud scale networking adoption in the enterprise market.

  In addition, fabrics of BCM56868 with BCM56860 devices can be interconnected via the HiGig2™ protocol to support multi-terabit chassis designs for large-scale data center, enterprise and service provider applications. The StrataXGS Trident-II+ switch with integrated SmartSwitch™ technology has been designed to address performance, capacity and service requirements for next generation data centers and cloud computing applications.


  • Single-chip solution for common fixed top-of-rack (ToR), aggregation and line-card switching applications
  •  Support for 100GbE uplinks (to connect to StrataXGS Tomahawk spine switches)
  •  Full performance VMWare® VXLAN and Microsoft® NVGRE tunneling protocol performance
  •  Up to 128x 10G integrated SerDes with Energy Efficient Ethernet for maximum port density per RU
  •  Standards compliant switch with support for up to 8 ports of 100 GbE, 32 ports of 40GbE or more than 100 ports of 1GbE/10GbE
  •  Drop-in, lower power upgrade for StrataXGS Trident II switches


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  • Software-Defined Networking Solutions
  • Switches

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Specification Value
Lifecycle Active
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SerDes / GPHY 128 x 10G
I/O Bandwidth (Gbps) 1280
Bandwidth Uom Gbps
I/O BANDWIDTH (Gbps) 1280 Gbps


28nm Octal 25G/28G Unidirectional Repeater


28nm Octal 25G/28G Bidirectional Repeater


Multiport Ultra-Low Power Fast Ethernet Switch