Broadcom Demonstrates 54 Mbps Wireless Cable Modem Residential Gateway

12/6/2002 - Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), the leading provider of integrated circuits enabling broadband communications, demonstrated the Broadcom® BCM93348RG Multi-User Wireless Residential Gateway reference design at this week’s Broadband Plus tradeshow. The reference design features DOCSISTM/EuroDOCSISTM 2.0-based compatibility, four ports of switched 10/100 Mbps Ethernet, and wireless networking using Broadcom’s recently announced 54gTM technology.

54g provides 54 Mbps of wireless bandwidth utilizing Broadcom’s implementation of the draft IEEE 802.11g wireless LAN standard as well as backward compatibility with the nearly 30 million 802.11b products already in the market today.

The BCM93348RG solution addresses the needs of the strong wireless networking market as well as the rapidly growing market of multiple-PC households desiring shared broadband network services. In a report titled “Connectivity Everywhere: The Home Network and Gateway Chipset Market,” Mike Wolf of market research firm In-Stat/MDR recently wrote: “As the cable CPE evolves into a more intelligent service platform, we expect the market for cable-based DOCSIS gateways to grow 135% annually to 13.2 million units by 2006. These gateways will provide home networking connectivity and enhanced broadband services to the mainstream market.”

The BCM93348RG wireless gateway solution was designed for compatibility with the CableLabs® CableHomeTM 1.0 specification, which defines requirements for managing and provisioning a multi-user home network linked to DOCSIS-based cable services.

In a separate demonstration, Broadcom also introduced the industry’s first 802.11 over coaxial cable solution, using the 802.11 protocol to distribute digital video running at 2.4 GHz over coaxial cable, while simultaneously running analog video over the same line. Broadcom’s demonstration of the industry’s first in-home video distribution network using the 802.11 protocol running on coaxial cable paves the way for a unified wired and wireless home networking solution standard, dramatically simplifying the networking challenge presented by multiple standards within the home.

The demonstrated cable solution extends 802.11 wireless technologies, providing an enhanced coverage area for video distribution. Coaxial cable can now leverage the 802.11 protocol, taking advantage of Quality of Service, enhanced security features and low cost. This new technology complements Broadcom’s existing HomeCNATM and HomePNATM solutions for distribution of data over coaxial cable and standard phone lines, respectively.

“The increased bandwidth, range and coverage area provided by 54g technology over competing solutions makes it the best choice for the wireless distribution of voice, video and data services throughout the home,” said Rich Nelson, Senior Director of Marketing for Broadcom’s Broadband Communications Business Unit. “The two solutions introduced today clearly show that 54g is ideally suited for wired and wireless home networking applications.”

54g is Broadcom’s 54 Mbps implementation of the draft specification for IEEE 802.11g wireless networks. It is 802.11b-compliant and provides residential gateways, laptops, handheld computers and other devices with wireless connectivity at nearly five times the speed of existing technologies operating in the 2.4 GHz radio frequency-range, while providing backward compatibility to the base of close to 30 million 802.11b devices. Broadcom believes 802.11g technology will quickly become the next mainstream wireless LAN technology because it works faster and farther, is backward compatible with 802.11b and is affordable.

54g provides consumers the benefits of higher speed and greater capacity for a small price premium over 802.11b and adds user capacity to residential and commercial deployments. While some early adopters have seen the benefit of a 54 Mbps data rate in 802.11a products, 54g access points provide up to 2.5 times the high-speed area coverage, and up to 8 times the total area coverage of an 802.11a access point. This enables significant savings to both consumer and enterprise customers, who can now place single-band or dual-band 54 Mbps access points in the same density as 802.11b access points for the distribution of voice, video and data services throughout the home or office.

“As an active CableLabs Certification Board Member I have always encouraged innovation beyond standard data cable modems,” said Doug Semon, a board member of CableLabs. “Broadcom’s BCM93348RG residential gateway reference design, with a built-in 54g wireless access point, demonstrates this type of innovation and will enable a new set of higher-bandwidth wireless network services above data-only cable modems.”

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 everything®. Broadcom is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and may be contacted at 1-949-450-8700 or at

Broadcom®, the pulse logo, Connecting everything®, 54gTM, and SystemI/OTM are trademarks of Broadcom Corporation and/or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries. CableLabs®, CableHomeTM, DOCSISTM and EuroDOCSISTM are trademarks of Cable Television Laboratories, Inc. HomeCNATM is a trademark of Home Cable Networking Alliance. HomePNATM is a trademark of the Home Phoneline Networking Alliance.

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