Broadcom Delivers Superior Draft-802.11n Solutions to Small Business Users

Latest Generation of Broadcom's Intensi-fi(TM) Draft-802.11n Technology Provides Enhanced Wireless Performance in Select Lenovo Notebook Computers

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced that Lenovo has incorporated Broadcom(R) Intensi-fi(TM) technology into Lenovo's new N100 widescreen notebook and select Lenovo 3000 notebooks, available world wide. Delivering maximum performance, superior wireless coverage, security and ease-of-use, Broadcom's Intensi-fi chipsets provide next generation Wi-Fi(R) features and functionality based on the draft-802.11n standard. These notebooks from Lenovo feature the latest Intensi-fi wireless LAN software, which provides significant improvements in throughput, range and interoperability compared to earlier driver versions.

In both internal and third party testing, current generation Intensi-fi technology (which includes the latest version software driver) was shown to achieve greater than 120 Megabits per second (Mb/s) of throughput at a separation of one room (30 feet) in a qualified test house with "real-world" radio interference present. In addition, the latest software was shown to deliver over 25 Mb/s of throughput at a point in the test house where 802.11g products failed to achieve a connection. The new Broadcom drivers were also shown to interoperate with products based on competing chipsets at speeds greater than 100Mb/s. Users of the select Lenovo notebooks will enjoy more reliable access to the Internet compared to earlier draft-N products as well as several times the throughput of prior generations of 802.11g Wi-Fi solutions.

The WLAN solution in the select Lenovo models is dual band, meaning it operates in either the 2.4GHz or 5GHz frequency band. This gives users the greatest flexibility in connecting to home or corporate networks. The cards are backward compatible to both 802.11a and to 802.11g, ensuring that they will interoperate with millions of installed access points.

"Lenovo continues to offer the most advanced wireless technologies available on its cutting edge notebook computers," said Brian Bedrosian, Director of Marketing for Broadcom's WLAN line of business. "Users, especially small business owners, require a combination of portability and performance from their technology investments. By using Broadcom's Intensi-fi(TM) draft-802.11n technology, these notebook computers from Lenovo will ensure a superior wireless experience today as well as accommodating future networking demands."

The Lenovo 3000 notebooks are designed for mobile small business professionals who require powerful, yet easy-to-use PCs that offer the latest features and functionality, especially in wireless connectivity. In addition to built-in dual band 802.11a/g/n Intensi-fi solutions, the select Lenovo notebooks include (as standard features) Broadcom's Bluetooth(R) and Fast Ethernet networking technology. Lenovo 3000 notebooks also feature multimedia capabilities and a unique suite of easy-to-use productivity tools that help make owning and operating these widescreen notebooks a worry-free experience for small businesses and individual users.

Lenovo joins an elite list of leading PC OEMs that have now incorporated Broadcom's Intensi-fi technology into their products. This announcement expands the fast-growing ecosystem of products on the market enabled by Broadcom Intensi-fi solutions, making it by far the most popular draft-802.11n technology on the market.

Broadcom's Wireless LAN Product Family

Broadcom's high performance AirForce(TM) wireless LAN product line includes 54g (the world's most popular Wi-Fi technology) and Intensi-fi(TM) (the industry's first IEEE draft-802.11n chipsets). In addition to transceiver solutions that provide single- and dual-band wireless connectivity, Broadcom integrates wireless network processors, communications technologies and OneDriver(TM) software solutions into reference designs that speed customer time-to-market. Broadcom's Wi-Fi solutions are featured in the industry's leading brands of PCs, routers, peripherals, phones, broadband modems and consumer electronic devices.

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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