NetLogic will help Broadcom tap into 4G, cloud

13.09.2011

LTE treats all mobile traffic as IP (Internet Protocol) packets, and in the next few years, voice calls will also be carried on LTE. If carriers want to ensure voice gets through on time while Web browsing waits, they are likely to use DPI to make the distinction in real time, Collins said. The same kind of chips are used to keep track of how much data a particular customer has used and helps the carrier keep that user informed or to throttle their network speed, based on whatever the carrier's policy may be.

However, making chips for both mobile clients and infrastructure gear won't really help Broadcom create new capabilities and features between the two, analysts said.

The need for smarter chips also extends to wireline networks and data centers, Linley Group analyst Linley Gwennap said. Cloud computing, multimedia services and mobile use all are putting pressure on infrastructure. "You need to get the information from the client to the cloud," Gwennap said.

Broadcom's size should help to make NetLogic competitive against Freescale and Intel, he said. Meanwhile, the deal could lead to more consolidation, he added.

Advancements in networking chips may lead to popular new services in the future, Gwennap said. One feature that hasn't yet been widely deployed is the ability to detect security breaches and website attacks from within the network gear itself, he said.