Broadcom's Single-Chip VDSL2/ADSL2+ Multimode Residential Gateway Solution Enables Next Generation Telecom Networks

Latest Generation Customer Premises Equipment SoC Selected by ZyXEL and Chunghwa Telecom of Taiwan for Next Generation IP Service Network Deployments

BRUSSELS, Belgium, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Broadband World Forum 2008-- Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced a new generation of xDSL customer premises equipment (CPE) system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions that support the VDSL2 protocol, with seamless ADSL2+ fallback. This single-chip multimode residential gateway solution brings unparalleled, standards-based silicon and software to the industry addressing all aspects of sophisticated digital subscriber line (DSL)-based services including Wi-Fi(R), voice over IP (VoIP), Ethernet switching and IPTV.

Announced today is the Broadcom(R) single-chip BCM6368 multimode residential gateway that enables modem manufacturers and carriers to deploy high performance, future-proofed CPE solutions that support ADSL2+ or VDSL2. The new solution features PhyR(TM); the company's newly released impulse noise protection technology, multi-port Ethernet switching for video over DSL services, non-blocking 802.11n and multi-line VoIP capabilities. This integrated access device (IAD) solution incorporates a high performance MIPS(R)-based applications processor with hardware-assisted wirespeed bridging and routing, as well as hardware-assisted IPsec acceleration for virtual private network (VPN) termination, and support for USB 2.0 host and devices. With its ADSL2+ fallback capability, the BCM6368 enables carriers to deploy products in an ADSL2+ capacity and then remotely upgrade them to VDSL2 as their infrastructures allow.

The BCM6368 multimode residential gateway, along with VDSL2 central office (CO) equipment based on Broadcom silicon, has recently been qualified and selected by Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) of Taiwan for mass deployment in its next generation IP services network in conjunction with ZyXEL Corporation's ZyXEL VES-1600 series and IES-5005 series next generation access products. This is the second consecutive VDSL2 CO and CPE win at CHT, and heavily leverages the software and system efforts of the prior Broadcom and ZyXEL solutions. As a result of this successful engagement, Broadcom and ZyXEL have teamed together again to provide VDSL2 IP DSLAM and CPE products to Chunghwa Telecom for its next generation VDSL2 access network. This current selection by CHT provides further market validation of Broadcom and ZyXEL's market leading VDSL2 products and the ongoing collaboration between Broadcom and ZyXEL to develop best-in-class, standards-based solutions for Ethernet aggregation, ITU G.992.1/3/5 ADSL1/2/2+ and ITU G.993.2 VDSL2 access markets.

"Broadcom and ZyXEL have long term cooperative relationship on winning CHT tenders, our superior quality and revolutionary technology enabled us to stand out from the competition and won the trust of CHT," says Dr. Yuh-Long Chen, President of ZyXEL. "Broadcom and ZyXEL's exceptionally high level product performance has once again ensured best-in-class next generation network VDSL2 central office and CPE product deployments."

"Winning CHT's VDSL2 tender for a second consecutive year is an unprecedented endorsement for Broadcom's BCM6368 multi-mode residential gateway solution," said Greg Fischer, Vice President & General Manager of Broadcom's Carrier Access line of business. "Achieving the best VDSL2 product rating by Chunghwa Telecom bodes well for the future market success of the BCM6368 as both ZyXEL and Broadcom will leverage this success into new xDSL opportunities around the world."

Technical Information

The BCM6368 multimode residential gateway combines a VDSL2/ADSL2+ transceiver and analog front end (AFE) with a high performance multi-core MIPS32(R) CPU, ATM/PTM hardware SAR, hardware packet processing accelerator, Gigabit Ethernet switch core with four 10/100 Ethernet physical layer (PHY) devices and dual GMII interfaces, and support for dual USB host/device connections.

The VDSL2/ADSL2+ transceiver delivers bandwidth of 100 Megabits per second (Mbps) downstream and 100 Mbps upstream, enhanced quality of service (QoS) for IPTV video, dual latency framing, DSL channel bonding, and embedded operation channels for remote management of the CPE.

Powered by the advanced dual core VIPER(TM) MIPS32 CPU and hardware packet processing accelerator, the BCM6368 VDSL2/ADSL2+ modem performs wirespeed bridging, routing, encryption and decryption at any size packet, between the wide area network (WAN) and various local area network (LAN) interfaces. The MIPS32 architecture-compliant VIPER CPU also supports custom application development with industry-standard EJTAG debuggers, tool chains and development environments.

Availability and Pricing

The single-chip BCM6368 multimode residential gateway is now sampling to early access customers. Pricing is available upon request.

About Broadcom's Broadband Communications Group

Broadcom offers manufacturers a range of broadband communications and consumer electronics system-on-a-chip solutions that enable voice, video, data and multimedia 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, Blu-ray Disc(R) players and recorders and personal video recorders and media PC technology.

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 2,800 U.S. and 1,200 foreign patents, more than 7,300 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 future market success of our VDSL2/ADSL2+ customer premises equipment products and our ability to leverage the CHT tender into new xDSL opportunities,. 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.

Important factors that may cause such a difference for Broadcom in connection with BCM6368 multimode residential gateway products include, but are not limited to

-- General economic and political conditions and specific conditions in the markets we address, including the volatility in the technology sector and semiconductor industry, and trends in the broadband communications markets in various geographic regions, including seasonality in sales of consumer products into which our products are incorporated;

-- Delays in the adoption and acceptance of industry standards in the markets for VDSL2/ADSL2+ customer premises equipment products;

-- Our ability to specify, develop or acquire, complete, introduce, market and transition to volume production new products and technologies in a cost- effective and timely manner;

-- Our ability to timely and accurately predict market requirements and evolving industry standards and to identify opportunities in new markets; and

-- Competitive pressures and other factors such as the qualification, availability and pricing of competing products and technologies and the resulting effects on sales and pricing of our products.

Additional factors that may cause Broadcom's actual results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to the list that can be found at

Our Annual Report on Form 10-K, subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, recent Current Reports on Form 8-K, and other Securities and Exchange Commission filings discuss the foregoing risks as well as other important risk factors that could contribute to such differences or otherwise affect our business, results of operations and financial condition. The forward-looking statements in this release speak only as of this date. We undertake no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statement, except as required by law.

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