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CAM and ASIC question

Can anybody explain how these two are related? I understand that ASIC allow switches to forward packets at high-speed lookups based in hardware. CAMs have a list of mac to port mappings.

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Re: CAM and ASIC question

Hi Christopher,

Lets try to say it in simple words, CAM is simply implemented in ASICs, from a CCO document:

ASICs is responsible for the Ethernet MAC layer functions, address or network lookup in the content-addressable memory (CAM) table, and forwarding of the packet with its correct rewrite information to the Fabric Interface.

HTH, please do rate all helpful replies,

Mohammed Mahmoud.

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Re: CAM and ASIC question

Thank you for replying. Do you have a link to the document?

Chris

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