Broadcom’s ServerWorks Offers Industry’s First I/O Bridge for 8xAGP, High-End Graphics Platforms

11/6/2002 - ServerWorks, a Broadcom® company and the leading independent supplier of high-performance SystemI/OTM integrated circuits for servers, workstations and storage platforms, announced it has begun sampling its second-generation graphics ChampionTM I/O Bridge (CIOB-G2). This product is the first platform for Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) cards that is fully compliant with the AGP 3.0 standard (8xAGP).

The CIOB-G2 has a bandwidth of 2.1 Gigabytes per second (Gbps) and is designed for high-end graphics in workstations and gaming applications. ServerWorks’ SystemI/O core logic technology manages the flow of data to and from a system’s processors, memory and peripheral input/output (I/O) devices.

"The graphics market continues to enjoy healthy demand, which is leading to an increase in high-end workstation and gaming applications," said David Pulling, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for ServerWorks. "The CIOB-G2 I/O bridge delivers the bandwidth required for the newest, high-end graphics applications and solidifies our commitment to the workstation market."

The CIOB-G2 can be used with the company’s Grand ChampionTM LE or Grand Champion SL core logic devices and connects to the North Bridge on either of these chipsets via the ServerWorksTM Inter Module Bus (IMB).

The predecessor to 8xAGP, 4xAGP, is only capable of transferring data at a maximum bandwidth of 1.06 Gbps. The bandwidth of 4xAGP is considerably lower than the existing buses in the system, which causes 3D performance to bottleneck at the AGP port. Doubling the AGP bandwidth to 8x increases the clock frequency from 266 MHz to 533 MHz, thus eliminating the typical bottlenecks.

Leading Graphics Hardware Suppliers Comment on 8xAGP Technology
"8xAGP is essential to unleash the full power of the next-generation of our Wildcat® professional graphics," said Neil Trevett, Vice President of Market Development for 3Dlabs. "Our Wildcat4 boards are shipping and are designed to use every ounce of 8x bandwidth, so we warmly welcome this new device that ServerWorks is bringing to market to enable the graphics potential of state-of-the-art workstations."

"Customers are using our FIRE GL and RADEON products for high-end workstation graphics and gaming applications," said Rick Bergman, Senior Vice President, Marketing and General Manager, Desktop, ATI Technologies Inc. "These applications require a constant flow of data and high bus throughput that the CIOB-G2 and its AGP 8x capabilities deliver."

"For years, NVIDIA has been leading graphics innovation – from shading technology to the establishment of a high-level programming language and programmable GPUs," said Jeff Brown, Director of Workstation Product Management for NVIDIA Corporation. "With this swift pace of graphics innovation and increasingly capable graphics hardware, AGP 4x will quickly run out of steam. Our AGP 8x-enabled GeForce consumer and Quadro professional graphics hardware will rely on complementary AGP 8x-based technologies from companies like ServerWorks to help keep bandwidth hungry applications well fed."

About ServerWorks
ServerWorks Corporation is the leading independent supplier of high-performance system input/output (I/O) integrated circuits for servers, workstations and storage platforms. ServerWorks’ SystemI/OTM silicon solutions are used pervasively by leading original equipment manufacturers. Its circuits act as the essential conduits for moving high-bandwidth data in and out of servers, to and from the external I/O, the main system memory and the system processors. ServerWorks, a wholly owned subsidiary of Broadcom Corporation, is located in Santa Clara, Calif., and may be contacted at 408-922-3100.

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. Broadcom’s 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 its core mission: Connecting everythingTM. Broadcom is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and may be contacted at 1-949-450-8700.

Broadcom®, the pulse logo, Connecting everythingTM, ChampionTM, Grand ChampionTM , ServerWorksTM, the ServerWorks logo and SystemI/OTM are trademarks of Broadcom Corporation and/or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries. Wildcat® is a registered trademark of 3Dlabs.

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