Spectrum™-2 Ethernet Switch

Highest Performance and Most Scalable 6.4Tb/s Ethernet Switch, Featuring New Level of Programmability to Enable the Most Efficient Interconnect Solutions for Modern Data Centers

Spectrum-2, the second generation of the field-proven and test winner Spectrum™ switch ASIC, provides industry-leading Ethernet connectivity for up to 16 ports of 400GbE, 32 ports of 200GbE, 64 ports of 100GbE, or 128 ports of 50GbE and 25GbE.

With its rich set of features and innovative capabilities - including increased flexibility and port density - Spectrum-2 is the most efficient solution to build a variety of switch platforms optimized for cloud, hyperscale, big data, artificial intelligence, financial, storage and more applications.


Spectrum-2 delivers unmatched power efficiency along with industry leading cut-through latency of less than 300ns and zero packet loss.

Spectrum-2 implements a complete set of the network protocols within the switch ASIC in the most efficient way, providing users with all the functionality needed, out-of-box. Moreover, Spectrum-2 includes a flexible parser and packet modifier which can be programmed to process new types of future protocols thereby future proofing the data center.


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  • 6.4Tbps of Ethernet switching and IP routing
  • Integrated 128 X 50GHz PAM4 SerDes
  • Flexible port configurations:
    Up to 16 400GbE ports
    Up to 32 200GbE ports
    Up to 64 100GbE ports
    Up to 128 10/25/50GbE ports
  • 9.52B packets-per-second ensure full wire-speed performance at all packet sizes
  • Sub 300ns, industry leading, true cut through latency
  • Low power consumption of less than 7 watts per 200GbE port
  • 42MB dynamically-shared, flexible packet buffering
  • Advanced active queue management and congestion control
  • Half a million forwarding entries
  • Highest RoCE performance
  • 10X higher policy engine scale vs. competition
  • Optimized for Software Defined Networking; support for OpenFlow version 1.0 to 1.4 and beyond
  • Comprehensive overlay and tunneling support including VXLAN, NVGRE, Geneve and MPLS
  • Advanced static and dynamic load balancing
  • Extensive visibility capabilities at highest scale
  • Programmable forwarding pipeline enables support of future protocols
  • Extensive software development tools and standard open APIs