Broadcom Announces Industry's First 65nm All-DSP, Dual PHY Solutions for 10GbE SFP+ Applications

SAN DIEGO, March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- New Devices Enable Low Cost and Power Upgrade Path for Higher Density Enterprise 10GbE SFP+ Systems

SAN DIEGO, March 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- OFC 2009 -- Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced two new low power, dual 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) physical layer (PHY) devices that leverage Broadcom's field proven digital signal processing (DSP) technology. These are the industry's first 65 nanometer (nm) CMOS all-DSP 10GbE serial transceivers that enable IT professionals to preserve existing fiber infrastructures by providing a low cost upgrade path from 1 Gigabit Ethernet (1GbE) to 10GbE. The unique Broadcom(R) high-speed DSP technology provides significant performance, manufacturing and reliability advantages over competing analog solutions that will drive the transition to 10GbE by leveraging the cost effective SFP+ standard.

Today's networking equipment, such as high-end routers, network aggregation switches, blade servers and top-of-rack data center switches, require increased densities to address next generation bandwidth and throughput needs of the enterprise. Port counts can vary from 8 to 16 10GbE channels, to as many as 48 channels on next generation 10GbE blade server or enterprise chassis systems. To enable the introduction of these high port count systems, low cost module solutions, such as SFP+ with support for both fiber and direct attached copper interfaces, are starting to ship in volume today.

Broadcom is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the high density SFP+ market with its new BCM8727 dual 10GbE SFI-to-XAUI PHY and BCM8750 dual 10GbE SFI-to-XFI PHY solutions. Both solutions exceed the requirements of the IEEE 802.3aq standard, which was developed to provide a low cost 10x speed upgrade for existing Gigabit Ethernet links in multi-mode fiber applications. By utilizing a PHY based entirely on DSP architecture, enterprise data centers can now achieve higher bandwidth and performance, while maintaining significant savings in cost, resources and manpower when upgrading to 10GbE links.

"We're seeing the demand for network bandwidth growing in every market segment, from consumer to enterprise to service/content providers. As 10GbE technology becomes more cost effective, and with the adoption of newer technologies such as SFP+, we are well positioned to expand our market leadership by leveraging our broad and field proven Ethernet product portfolio and superior technology," said Lorenzo Longo, Vice President & General Manager for Broadcom's High Speed Interconnect Products line of business. "Our new BCM8727 and BCM8750 10GbE PHYs were developed in 65nm CMOS and are the optimal solutions for our customers combining the highest performing DSP technology with low power dissipation."

Technical Information

The Broadcom BCM8727 dual 10GbE SFI-to-XAUI PHY and the BCM8750 dual 10GbE SFI-to-XFI PHY build upon six generations of field proven 10GbE serial PHY technology. Both implement Broadcom's electronic dispersion compensation (EDC) equalizer technology that uses an all-DSP design, resulting in maximum flexibility with the highest performance, exceeding the IEEE 10GBASE-LRM Pre, Post, and Split Symmetric Stressors and up to 15 meters of low-cost direct attached copper SFP+. An on-chip micro-controller provides additional flexibility to maintain optimal performance in even the most challenging operating conditions.

In support of the SFP+ optical module standard, the devices incorporate multi-tap transmit pre-emphasis to compensate for FR-4 board material loss in line card applications. For additional flexibility, they support backward compatibility using existing 1GbE SFP modules, providing a single PHY design that is capable of interfacing to both new and legacy Ethernet interfaces from a single PCB design.

Industry's Most Comprehensive 10 Gigabit PHY Portfolio

The new BCM8727 and BCM8750 further Broadcom's position as the only silicon provider in the industry with a complete line of 10 Gigabit (10G) PHY products supporting backplane, twisted pair and optical front panel applications. This comprehensive product portfolio includes support for all 10G PHY standards including 10GBASE-T, 10GBASE-KR, 10GBASE-LRM, 10GBASE-SR/LR and 10GBASE-ER/ZR.

The new 10GbE dual PHYs are designed using a 65 nanometer process--the most advanced lithographic node for manufacturing semiconductors in large volumes today--that provides significant benefits over 90nm and 130nm processes by enabling lower power consumption, smaller size and higher levels of integration.

Broadcom's complete end-to-end Ethernet networking product portfolio includes switching products, transceivers, security processors and high-speed controllers for servers, workstations, desktops and mobile PCs, providing the industry's most comprehensive portfolio of Ethernet networking solutions, and the most widely deployed and field proven in the industry.

Availability and Pricing

The BCM8727 and BCM8750 10GbE PHYs are currently sampling to customers. The BCM8727 is available in a 19mm x 19mm, BGA, RoHS-compliant package while the BCM8750 is available in a 12mm x 12mm, BGA, RoHS-compliant package. Pricing is available upon request.

About Broadcom's Enterprise Networking Group

Broadcom designs and develops complete silicon and software solutions for service provider, data center, enterprise and small-to-medium business (SMB) networks. Our solutions leverage industry-proven Ethernet technology to promote faster, greener and more cost-efficient transport and processing of voice, video and data across both wired and wireless networks. Broadcom's technology enables a network infrastructure that is scalable, secure and easy to manage. Our products are found in a wide variety of networking equipment including Ethernet switches, routers and gateways, security appliances, DSLAMs, 3G/4G wireless backhaul equipment, cable and VoIP hardware, desktop and notebook computers, servers and storage appliances, and network-attached printers.

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 2008 revenue of $4.66 billion, and holds over 3,100 U.S. and over 1,400 foreign patents, more than 7,600 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 www.broadcom.com.

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 potential growth of the market for 10GbE products and our position in that market. 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 BCM8727 and BCM8750 dual 10 Gigabit Ethernet physical layer transceiver products include, but are not limited to

    --  The rate at which our present and future customers and end-users adopt
        Broadcom's technologies and products in the markets for 10GbE SFP+
        applications;
    --  The gain or loss of a key customer, design win or order;
    --  our ability to scale our operations in response to changes in demand for
        our existing products and services or demand for new products requested
        by our customers;
    --  The timing, rescheduling or cancellation of significant customer orders
        and our  ability,  as  well  as  the  ability  of  our  customers,  to  manage
                inventory;  and
        --    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.
 

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