Broadcom Helps Small Business Networks Go 'Green' with New Family of Gigabit Ethernet Switches

New Highly Integrated 5-, 8-, 16- and 24-Port Solutions Bring the Benefits of 65nm Process Technology to SMB Networks Worldwide

LAS VEGAS, April 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Interop 2008 -- Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced the industry's first family of 65 nanometer (nm) single-chip Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switch solutions for small- to-medium-sized business (SMB) applications. This highly integrated switch family includes 5-, 8-, 16- and 24-port configurations, with full Layer 2 (L2) switching to address the feature set and port density requirements of today's SMB networks. The entire family is designed to support low power modes and comply with industry standards, while utilizing packaging materials free of lead and other harmful toxins, enabling 'green' switch products for the SMB market. Broadcom is the only silicon manufacturer to provide a complete 65nm GbE switch portfolio with power levels and price points that will drive Gigabit Ethernet adoption across all segments of the SMB market.

In today's SMB networks, there is a growing demand for reliable GbE switches that provide the bandwidth and intelligence necessary to support the convergence of voice, video and data on the same network. The SMB market is also extremely cost conscious and, as such, requires cost-effective solutions that support enterprise-class features such as reliability, high performance and quality of service (QoS). The integration made possible by 65nm CMOS process technology allows Broadcom to provide cost-effective, intelligent L2 GbE switches for the SMB space that facilitate simpler and scalable designs with reduced chip count and design complexity, and a lower total cost of ownership (TCO). With Ethernet port shipments in the SMB market expected to grow to more than 244 million ports by 2012 (according to In-Stat market research(1)), Broadcom is uniquely positioned to benefit from growth in the SMB market.

Broadcom's 65nm GbE SMB Switch Family

Announced today is the family of Broadcom(R) single-chip 65nm GbE SMB switches that consists of the BCM53310 series, for unmanaged smart switches, and the BCM53118, for unmanaged switches and routers. A third product for wireless home routers and residential gateways, the BCM53115, was announced in November 2007 and rounds out the product family.

"Delivering products in 65nm process technology allows Broadcom to provide its SMB customers with a feature set that rivals that of large enterprise networks, but in a cost-effective manner," said Martin Lund, Vice President and General Manager of Broadcom's Network Switching line of business. "Our new SMB switch family has a level of integration, power consumption and intelligence that goes beyond that of previous generation products and underscores our commitment to reduce the environmental impact of networking equipment both in power consumption and manufacturing processes. Since the SMB market is a high-volume one, our ability to impact the environment in a positive manner is amplified and more substantial."

BCM53310 Series with QSGMII and Integrated Octal GbE PHY

The BCM53310 series includes the BCM53313 (16-port) and the BCM53314 (24- port) and provides a complete GbE L2 switching solution for customers addressing the unmanaged and smart switch space. This new series of highly integrated switches is the first in the industry to integrate a MIPS(R) processor, Broadcom's 65nm octal GbE physical layer (PHY) core, as well as QSGMII connectivity. Support for the QSGMII interface is significant as next generation switches are expected to adopt this technology as the standard interface for external PHY connectivity. Having both an integrated octal GbE PHY and QSGMII interface allows Broadcom to offer high performance switching solutions that reduce power consumption, design complexity and total system cost, creating an optimized platform for the cost-driven SMB market. Also offered with the BCM53310 series is Broadcom's BCM54684. The BCM54684, also in 65nm, is the industry's first standalone octal GbE PHY with QSGMII.

The BCM53310 series provides an impressive 40% reduction in total system power that helps reduce overall system costs. The series also offers a single platform that supports both 16- and 24-port GbE unmanaged and smart switch configurations. Broadcom's web-managed SmartPATH(TM) networking software, together with the BCM53310 series, provides SMB customers with a complete hardware and software solution. The new product series also implements unique, easy-to-use features such as AutoVoIP, which provides QoS to prioritize and differentiate voice packets on the network to enable support for VoIP phones. The AutoDoS feature monitors incoming packets for denial of service (DoS) frames, providing improved security by detecting DoS attacks.

BCM53118 8-Port SMB Switch

The BCM53118 is a single-chip, 8-port GbE switch solution that underscores Broadcom's leadership in the unmanaged SMB switch and router market. Also designed in 65nm process technology, the BCM53118 achieves unprecedented integration, performance and support for a full L2 feature set at an optimal price point. The BCM53118 provides a 30% reduction in power in full traffic mode versus previous generation 8-port switch silicon solutions. The product can also automatically detect which ports are being utilized and scale the power consumption proportionately to save an additional 26% in power. This capability solves a universal need within the networking industry to lower the thermal and power consumption in switching devices, and ultimately provide end-users with a smaller, cooler device that takes up less space.

BCM53115 5-Port SMB Switch

Announced in November 2007, the BCM53115 is a single-chip, 5-port GbE switch that enables the mass deployment of GbE connectivity to consumer electronic devices and home networking equipment. This intelligent switching solution has the industry's smallest footprint and also achieves a 30% reduction in power versus previous generation 5-port switch silicon solutions.

Green by Design

Broadcom and its foundry partners are leveraging today's most advanced lithographic node for manufacturing semiconductors. By designing solutions in 65nm process technology, Broadcom is able to provide significant environmental benefits over competitive solutions in 90nm and 130nm processes by enabling lower power consumption, smaller size and higher yields while providing higher levels of integration that result in fewer components. Additionally, Broadcom supports the current industry initiatives to remove lead (Pb) and other hazardous materials, such as halogens like bromide and chlorine, from all products. With the depth and breadth of Broadcom's advanced portfolio of market-proven IP, the company is able to drive innovative new products to market while reducing the impact on human health and the environment.

Availability and Pricing

The 65nm Broadcom BCM53310 series and BCM53118 single-chip GbE solutions are now sampling to early access customers. The BCM53115 has been sampling since November 2007. The BCM54684 65nm octal GbE PHY with QSGMII is also sampling. Pricing is available upon request.

To accelerate time-to-market, Broadcom offers a complete software applications programming interface (API), as well as its SmartPATH networking software. Reference designs are also available to help speed time-to-market and include software, schematics, layout files and related documentation.

About Broadcom

Broadcom Corporation is a major technology innovator and global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom products enable the delivery of voice, video, data and multimedia to and throughout the home, the office and the mobile environment. We provide 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 is one of the world's largest fabless semiconductor companies, with 2007 revenue of $3.78 billion, and holds over 2,600 U.S. and 1,200 foreign patents, more than 7,450 additional pending patent applications, and one of the broadest intellectual property portfolios addressing both wired and wireless transmission of voice, video, data and multimedia.

Broadcom is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and has offices and research facilities in North America, Asia and Europe. Broadcom may be contacted at +1.949.926.5000 or at

Cautions regarding Forward Looking Statements:

All statements included or incorporated by reference in this release, other than statements or characterizations of historical fact, are forward- looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, estimates and projections about our industry and business, management's beliefs, and certain assumptions made by us, all of which are subject to change. Forward-looking statements can often be identified by words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "predicts," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "may," "will," "should," "would," "could," "potential," "continue," "ongoing," similar expressions, and variations or negatives of these words. Examples of such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the ability of our products to drive the adoption of GbE across all segments of the SMB market, the potential size of the SMB markets and our position in that market, the adoption of QGSMII technology as the standard interface for external PHY connectivity, and the impact of our products on human health and the environment. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause our actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statement.

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