Broadcom Debuts Powerful ADSL2+ Gateway Chip for Next Generation Customer Premise Equipment

New Chip Supports Voice over IP, 802.11n Wireless LAN and Multi-Mode ADSL2+/VDSL2 Capabilities

CHICAGO, June 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- GlobalComm 2006 -- Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced a new ADSL2+ modem chip that features a powerful microprocessor architecture that enables carriers and OEMs to offer new services and capabilities. This microprocessor architecture supports up to four lines of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), draft-802.11n wireless LAN, USB 2.0 host for printers, mass storage devices and multi-mode ADSL2+/VDSL2 services in customer premise equipment (CPE).

The new Broadcom(R) modem chip enables manufacturers to develop high-end ADSL2+ routers and gateways with additional wired and wireless voice, video and data connectivity features, at a substantially lower cost and in a smaller form factor versus competitive solutions.

The rapid growth of VoIP and Wi-Fi(R)-enabled DSL customer premise equipment and VDSL2 solutions are providing carriers and OEMs with new opportunities to grow revenue and retain customers. When combined with Broadcom's industry-leading Wi-Fi(R) and VDSL2 chips, the new ADSL+ modem chip offers manufacturers the most advanced, high-performance DSL gateway platform available. Its simple, yet robust single-chip design enables VoIP to be a standard feature on all DSL CPEs, furthering the broad adoption and mass deployment of VoIP services.

Announced today is the Broadcom BCM6358, which is a new voice over ADSL2+ gateway chip that incorporates the company's revolutionary VoIP on Enhanced RISC (VIPER) processor architecture. This robust computing architecture enables a wide range of sophisticated features and services that are either unachievable with today's ADSL2+ CPE solutions or require additional processing technologies that are costly to develop and manufacture. Additionally, the VIPER architecture significantly simplifies the development of VoIP solutions and reduces the development costs of DSP programming as well as time-to-market. By reducing the component count on voice over DSL modems, more cost-effective CPE solutions and improved reliability are now achievable.

BCM6358 Technical Information and Applications

The BCM6358 is a highly integrated chip that incorporates an ADSL2+ transceiver and analog front-end with Broadcom's VIPER MIPS32(R) CPU, a hardware ATM SAR, dual 10/100 Fast Ethernet ports, a USB 2.0 host and 1.1 device, a multi-channel TDM bus, and a 32-bit parallel expansion bus that supports CardBus, PCMCIA and mini-PCI. The BCM6358's level of integration, coupled with the processing power of the VIPER architecture and Broadcom companion solutions, supports 802.11a/b/g/n, multi-mode ADSL/VDSL2+ and multi- port 10/100 Fast Ethernet, all of which enable the development of CPEs or integrated access devices (IADs) with advanced levels of connectivity support and performance.

    As a result, the BCM6358 is ideally suited for the following applications:

    *  ADSL2+ IAD with multi-channel VoIP

    *  ADSL2+ gateway with VoIP and draft-802.11n

    *  Multi-mode ADSL2+/VDSL2

For ADSL2+ IAD applications with multi-channel VoIP, the BCM6358 provides manufacturers with a single-chip solution for the development of high-speed ADSL2+ modems. For these applications, the BCM6358 supports:

    *  Downstream data rates up to 29 Mbps and upstream data rates up
       to 3 Mbps

    *  Up to four lines of VoIP

    *  Embedded USB 2.0, 10/100 Fast Ethernet, serial and mPCI ports support a
       wide range of connectivity options to personal computers, printers,
       storage, video devices, Ethernet switches and Bluetooth(R) devices

    *  Channel bonding by configuring two BCM6358s together enables
       manufacturers to offer modems with  two times the speed of today's
       ADSL2+ modems.

For ADSL2+ gateway applications with VoIP and draft-802.11n, the BCM6358, when coupled with Broadcom's Intensi-fi(TM) family of wireless LAN chipsets, provides manufacturers with a complete gateway solution that supports:

    *  High-speed data access, multiple channels of voice and Wi-Fi
       connectivity throughout the home or office

    *  Compliance with the new IEEE 802.11n draft specification (via
       Intensi-fi technology) and provides throughput of over 150 Mbps and
       reliable wireless coverage throughout a home or office

    *  Enables consumers to take advantage of emerging voice, video and music
       applications, providing an experience similar to wired Fast-Ethernet
       with the convenience of wireless connectivity.

For multi-mode ADSL2+/VDSL2 applications, the BCM6358, when coupled with Broadcom's industry leading BCM6314 VDSL2 transceiver, provides manufacturers with a highly integrated VDSL2 gateway or IAD that enables:

    *  Seamless fallback to ADSL2+ modes

    *  Host CPU support (via the VIPER architecture) to support VDSL2 at data
       rates up to 100 Mbps on a single line or 200 Mbps when utilizing
       channel bonding

    *  Telecommunications service providers to offer a single platform for
       legacy (data-centric) services as well as "triple-play" (voice, video
       and data) services given the data rates supported.

    Customer Quotes

"Broadcom's complete silicon and software product offering including the powerful new BCM6358 along with their Intensi-fi pre/draft 802.11n solutions have helped reinforce NETGEAR's leadership position in the DSL market space," said David James, NETGEAR's Director of Product Management.

"The integration and performance of the BCM6358 have enabled us to develop powerful gateways, supporting Wi-Fi, DECT and VoIP, which are future proofed for the delivery of broadband services," said Romain Waller, Triple Play General Manager with Thomson Telecom.

"The BCM6358, with its VIPER CPU and rich peripheral set, has enabled Comtrend to address the highly advanced and service rich ADSL2+ channel bonding and VDSL2 and ADSL2+ gateway markets with unparalleled performance," said Andrew Morton, General Manager Americas for Comtrend.

Price and Availability

The BCM6358 is available today in production-level quantities. The chip is housed in a 21mm FPBGA. Pricing is available upon request.

Broadcom's Broadband Business Group

Broadcom offers manufacturers a range of broadband communications and consumer electronics SoCs that enable voice, video and data services over residential wired and wireless networks. These highly integrated silicon solutions continue to enable the most advanced system solutions on the market, which include digital cable, satellite and IP set-top boxes and media servers, broadband modems and residential gateways, high definition and digital televisions, HD DVD players and personal video recorders.

About Broadcom

Broadcom Corporation is a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications. Our products enable the delivery of voice, video, data and multimedia to and throughout the home, the office and the mobile environment. Broadcom provides the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of- the-art system-on-a-chip and software solutions to manufacturers of computing and networking equipment, digital entertainment and broadband access products, and mobile devices. These solutions support our core mission: Connecting everything(R).

Broadcom, one of the world's largest fabless semiconductor companies with annual revenue of more than $2.5 billion, is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and has offices and research facilities in North America, Asia and Europe. Broadcom may be contacted at 1-949-450-8700 or at

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