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Monterey is first Ethernet switch-chip specifically for fronthaul

Broadcom may have had its hopes of acquiring Qualcomm dashed by President Trump’s intervention (see separate item), but it continues to eye other ways to expand its presence in the telecoms market. One is the launch of its Monterey Ethernet switch, which it claims is the first to be designed specifically for mobile fronthaul – the extremely high performance, low latency links between centralized baseband units and remote radio units in a virtualized RAN. This is a strategic area for a chip company to target, especially one as strong in Ethernet switch-chips as Broadcom – indeed, one of its possible consolation prizes in the wake of its Qualcomm bid being blocked could be to bid for another Ethernet player such…

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