Broadcomís Ethernet-Based Technology Employed in IBM, HP and Dell Blade Server Designs

11/19/2002 - Broadcom, the leading provider of integrated circuits enabling broadband communications, announced that blade server OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) -- IBM, HP and Dell -- have selected a variety of the company's production-ready Ethernet technology for their blade server designs. These advanced Broadcom® silicon and software solutions enable high performance, reliable, low power designs, as well as small form factors and flexible architecture. Broadcom also offers its customers a convenient upgrade path to its comprehensive blade server roadmap that includes further advancements in Ethernet technology and the integration of performance-enhancing features such as 10-Gigabit TOE (TCP/IP Offload Engine).

"As the leading provider of Gigabit Ethernet solutions for servers, we worked with the major server vendors over the past two years to develop key enabling technologies for blade server interconnections and for connecting the entire blade server chassis to the rest of the network. We partnered with industry leaders and developed a complete, cost-effective and interoperable solution of blade server silicon and software," said Yossi Cohen, Director of Marketing for Broadcom's Client/Server Networking Business Unit. "Now, all major server OEMs have adopted our technology and support the vision of Gigabit Ethernet, and eventually 10-Gigabit Ethernet, as the prevailing underlying technologies for future blade server architecture."

"IBM's philosophy on the benefit of its architecture is to reduce cost and complexity for customers. We are pleased that Broadcom has chosen to join the IBM BladeCenter(TM) Alliance Program to help accelerate the enterprise features of our blade servers," said Jeff Benck, Director of IBM eServer(TM) xSeries(TM) systems. "As one of the most powerful blade servers in the industry, the IBM BladeCenter eServer incorporates a variety of products from Broadcom's Ethernet technology portfolio. As a result, we can deliver a unique enterprise blade solution to our customers."

"HP established a vision for fabric computing on blade servers based on industry standard technologies to offer our customers leading performance which could be easily integrated into their existing data centers," said James Mouton, Vice President of Platforms Division, HP Industry Standard Servers. "HP was the first to design and deliver a family of blade server solutions utilizing Broadcom's Ethernet and core-logic chipset components. The ProLiant(TM) BL e-Class server is targeted for the edge of network applications, such as Web serving and caching, while the high performance ProLiant p-class is designed for strategic business applications and database deployments. As the leader in the blade market with over 50 percent market share, HP continues to partner with Broadcom to deliver innovative technologies in this emerging market."

Broadcom is the primary Gigabit Ethernet components supplier to the emerging blade server market and the market share leader, and features the most extensive product line and complete end-to-end interoperability. Included within this broad portfolio of silicon and software solutions for blade servers are high-performance ServerWorks(TM) SystemI/O(TM) server core- logic chipsets, Gigabit Ethernet controllers, Gigabit and Fast Ethernet transceivers, high-speed SerDes devices for backplanes, Gigabit and Fast Ethernet switches, security solutions, VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) solutions, network processors and optical networking solutions.

In the future, innovations in TCP/IP Offload Engines and Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) will expand Broadcom's Ethernet product offering and blade server technology not only to address the computing challenges that are currently supported by higher cost solutions, but also to preserve the connectivity and manageability models of Ethernet networking that thousands of IT professionals work with in today's enterprise environments.

Broadcom's ServerWorks Grand Champion(TM) chipset family is the most popular core-logic chipset used within the Intel®-based server market segment, which includes rack mount and pedestal servers. The use of cost- effective mainstream memory technology, coupled with the highest level of reliability and the ability to handle large amounts of I/O bandwidth, has distinguished ServerWorks as an industry leader for multiple product generations.

Broadcom's large family of highly integrated Gigabit Ethernet controllers shares a common driver model that allows its customers to qualify one driver family across a broad range of products, from high performance enterprise servers down to desktop clients. In addition, Broadcom's Advanced Server Platform (BASP) offers the most advanced and reliable adapter teaming technology allowing IT managers to configure their systems for higher network bandwidth, intelligent load balancing and rapid fail-over for maximum network reliability.

Broadcom's Gigabit and Fast Ethernet switching solutions connect the various server blades together within the blade server chassis and are provided as a complete family of switch ASICs (Application-Specific ICs) suitable for any blade server design. The market-leading StrataSwitch® and StrataXGS(TM) product families offer switching and routing functions at Gigabit speeds as well as line rate Layer 2 to Layer 7 processor filtering through the patented ContentAware(TM) classification processor. A common API among Broadcom's switch products allows customers to migrate switch management software from one product generation to the next.

Broadcom's Gigabit Ethernet transceivers provide technological leadership as the world's most field-proven design. The portfolio includes five generations of Gigabit Ethernet transceivers that offer robust error-free operation over existing Category-5 cabling infrastructures, which are found in virtually all corporate networks today. These transceivers feature the lowest power consumption in the industry, while delivering the highest level of compatibility and interoperability within installed Ethernet equipment.

By fully integrating SerDes physical layer technology within Gigabit Ethernet controllers and switches, Broadcom provides its customers with a number of key advantages such as lower power, simpler and lower cost designs, higher density and smaller physical board space. The pervasive standard-based Ethernet technology enables easy integration of the server into the rest of the network, and supports the same "look and feel" as that of any other Ethernet-based design, including Class of Service (CoS), Quality of Service (QoS), port aggregation, redundancy and fail-over and management protocols. Broadcom's customers have selected Gigabit Ethernet over a SerDes backplane as the preferred implementation for their blade server chassis designs.

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/O server solutions. These technologies and products support our core mission: Connecting everything®. Broadcom is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and may be contacted at 1-949-450-8700.

Broadcom®, the pulse logo, Connecting everything®, ServerWorks(TM), SystemI/O(TM), Grand Champion(TM), StrataSwitch®, StrataXGS(TM), and ContentAware(TM) are trademarks of Broadcom Corporation and/or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries. IBM is a registered trademark and BladeCenter, eServer and xSeries are trademarks of IBM Corporation. Proliant is a registered trademark of Hewlett-Packard Company. Intel® is a trademark of Intel Corporation.

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