Broadcom Announces Family of Next Generation DOCSIS(R)/Euro-DOCSIS(TM) 3.0-Based Silicon Solutions

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- World's Fastest Cable Modem Supports Eight Downstream DOCSIS Channels Enabling Cable Operators to Deliver Advanced High-Speed Services

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- 2009 International CES -- Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced its second generation family of channel bonding cable modem silicon solutions designed for the emerging DOCSIS(R)/Euro-DOCSIS(TM) 3.0 standard. As the industry's first fully integrated cable modem system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions for DOCSIS/Euro-DOCSIS 3.0 applications, these new Broadcom(R) solutions are the world's fastest, with eight downstream DOCSIS channels enabling cable operators to deliver competitive high speed services for data and voice modems, gateways, media servers and fixed mobile convergence platforms. Broadcom's family of DOCSIS/Euro-DOCSIS 3.0 solutions leverage the over 2 million channel bonding Broadcom SoC solutions sold to date.

Announced today is the BCM3380 family of fully integrated cable solutions. Designed to be highly cost effective, the BCM3380 family is the first set of DOCSIS 3.0 silicon solutions that are truly single-chip, requiring only memory to provide complete DOCSIS functionality. The new SoC family integrates the world's first flexible QAM receiver with split wide-band tuners that do not have the channel lineup limitations of single frequency window solutions. An integrated multi-channel upstream power amplifier eliminates the need for any costly external power amplifiers, and integrated Gigabit Ethernet and USB transceivers reduce the cost of external components.

The BCM3380 family of cable modem solutions meet or exceed the minimum requirements for the DOCSIS/Euro-DOCSIS 3.0 standard. These single-chip BCM3380 silicon solutions provide complete compatibility with prior DOCSIS 2.0, 1.1 and 1.0 specifications and go well beyond the DOCSIS 3.0 specification to provide advanced features such as bonding support for up to eight simultaneous DOCSIS channels.

To meet the demands of advanced applications, the use of eight DOCSIS channels has become an industry expectation, surpassing the four channel minimum requirement set forth in the DOCSIS 3.0 specification. With eight downstream DOCSIS channels, the BCM3380 family not only delivers twice the speed of other DOCSIS 3.0 solutions, but is also optimized to support advanced services. As such, all BCM3380 solutions include IP video support hardware that allows an operator to deploy low cost Internet Protocol video to PCs and to set-top boxes (IP-STB) without costly changes to its existing infrastructure.

"DOCSIS 3.0 solutions like this are supporting the industry's evolution from broadband to wideband," said Tony Werner, Chief Technical Officer for Comcast Cable, the country's leading provider of entertainment, information and communications. "As we develop more advanced services with the need for higher bandwidth, it will be a big advantage to have advanced modems that can support faster speeds than the minimum that today's DOCSIS 3.0 specification provides."

Also designed to be highly robust, BCM3380 solutions are based on Broadcom's existing DOCSIS software platform, which has been deployed in tens of millions of DOCSIS-based solutions. Based on the proven software architecture and real time operating system (RTOS) as current DOCSIS 2.0 products, Broadcom's DOCSIS 3.0 software is fully compliant with the DOCSIS 2.0/1.x specification. Adding Broadcom's existing CablexChange(R) voice software suite and CableMedea(TM) gateway software, BCM3380-based solutions can be rapidly developed to support data, voice or gateway applications.

"The anticipated DOCSIS 3.0 specification addresses many next generation cable modem requirements and has taken the industry almost five years to fully embrace," said Jay Kirchoff, Senior Director of Product Marketing for Broadcom's Cable Modem line of business. "As a result, we developed a DOCSIS 3.0 product family that is cost effective for the demands of today's deployments, yet has sufficient performance and throughput capabilities to meet cable operator's needs for the next three to five years."

Availability and Pricing

The BCM3380 family of channel bonding silicon solutions for DOCSIS/Euro-DOCSIS 3.0 applications is now sampling to early access customers and includes solutions for data cable modems, voice cable modems and gateway modems. Complete reference designs are available that provide both certification and production-ready hardware and software for turnkey solutions. Pricing is available on 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.

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 3,000 U.S. and over 1,300 foreign patents, more than 7,500 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 DOCSIS/Euro-DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem and gateway products to meet cable operator's needs for the next three to five years. 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 BCM3380 channel bonding cable modem technology 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, trends in the broadband communications
        markets in various geographic regions, including seasonality in sales of
        consumer products into which our products are incorporated, and possible
        disruption in commercial activities related to terrorist activity or
        armed conflict in the United States and other locations;
    --  The rate at which our present and future customers and end-users adopt
        Broadcom's technologies and products in the markets for cable modem
    --  Delays in the adoption and acceptance of industry standards in those
    --  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; and
    --  The timing of customer-industry qualification and certification of our
        products and the risks of  non-qualification  or  non-certification;

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