Why Is TCAM Essential For The Cloud?

The use of TCAM is growing with the expansion of internet
protocol for data driven by IoT applications

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With port speeds exceeding 100Gbps, route lookups that are fundamental to all routers have relied on ternary content addressable memories (TCAMs) to provide a lookup response within a clock cycle. However, TCAMs in discrete form are expensive, consume a lot of power, compete for precious real estate on the printed circuit board (PCB), and often lack required flexibility. Embedding a TCAM block along with the rest of the system in a single device should overcome these disadvantages. This paper provides
an overview of the advantages of embedded TCAMs and describes several applications that would particularly benefit from embedded TCAM technology.

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