Alcatel's Latest DSLAM Release Includes Broadcom's BladeRunner ADSL Central Office Solution

10/29/2002 - Broadcom, the leading provider of integrated circuits enabling broadband communications, announced that Alcatel has included the Broadcom® BladeRunnerTM chipset in the latest release of its ASAM 7300 platform. The BladeRunner solution provides industry-leading power, performance and port density, making the chipset an ideal choice for next generation central office access multiplexer equipment.

"With worldwide demand for DSL continuing to remain strong, and profitability being a main driver for world wide deployments, the availability of low power, high density solutions like the Broadcom BladeRunner will enable our ASAM platform to persistently set the benchmark for highly efficient, cost-effective DSL deployments," said Willem Verbiest, Vice President of the Alcatel DSL Access Business Unit.

"Alcatel's selection of our BladeRunner chipset is a strong indication of Broadcom's impact on the DSL marketplace," said Tim Lindenfelser, Vice President and General Manager of Broadcom's Broadband Communications Business Unit. "From the beginning, our move into ADSL has been driven by our desire to accommodate the technical needs of companies like Alcatel. We're very pleased that this strategy has now begun to yield design wins among top tier customers."

The Alcatel 7300 Advanced Services Access Manager (ASAM) is the world's most widely deployed broadband access platform. The Alcatel 7300 ASAM enables carriers to offer high-speed Internet access as well as a range of integrated data, voice and video services. The platform provides the ability to seamlessly accommodate all consumer segments and to offer high-value broadband entertainment services, such as streaming video, music download, interactive gaming and broadband conversational services.

The BladeRunner chipset supports full-rate Asymmetric DSL (ADSL) at up to 16 Megabits per second (Mbps) with an unmatched power dissipation of only 900 mW under typical worst-case conditions. The solution is also the first in the industry to integrate on-chip all of the memory, processor and interworking functions typically found on DSL line cards. Broadcom backs the BladeRunner chipset with standards-compliant firmware that supports the full range of DSL deployments, including ADSL annex A, B, C, and ADSL2. BladeRunner also includes extensions that allow greater bandwidth in both upstream and downstream transmissions and that extend service coverage distances.

About Broadcom
Broadcom Corporation is the leading provider of highly integrated silicon solutions that enable broadband communications and networking of voice, video and data services. Using proprietary technologies and advanced design methodologies, Broadcom designs, develops and supplies complete system-on-a-chip solutions and related hardware and software applications for every major broadband communications market. Our diverse product portfolio includes solutions for digital cable and satellite set-top boxes; cable and DSL modems and residential gateways; high-speed transmission and switching for local, metropolitan and wide area networking; home and wireless networking; cellular and terrestrial wireless communications; Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) gateway and telephony systems; broadband network processors; and SystemI/OTM server solutions. These technologies and products support our core mission: Connecting everythingTM. Broadcom is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and may be contacted at 1-949-450-8700.

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