Broadcom Cellular Technology Enables GCF Certification of GPRS PC Card

12/18/2002 - Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), the leading provider of integrated circuits enabling broadband communications, announced that it has received GCF (GSM Certification Forum) approval of its Class 10 GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) mobile communications technology with Sony Ericsson's GC75 GPRS PC Card Modem. The approval achieved is to the latest GCF release, which includes the new packet control channel. Sony Ericsson's tri-band GC75 GPRS PC Card Modem uses the Broadcom® BCM2029 single-chip GSM/GPRS baseband processor, reference design and protocol stack software.

GCF approval of this BCM2029-based PC card modem clears Broadcom's technology for use in the world's leading GPRS markets. Many international mobile communications carriers require GCF certification, as well as the rigorous interoperability testing achieved by this product, as prerequisites to deployment of equipment in their networks. GPRS enables high-speed wireless access of e-mail, the Internet and other data networks over existing worldwide GSM (General System for Mobile communications) networks.

The wireless technology enabled by the BCM2029 single-chip GPRS baseband and software was certified to version 3.7.1 of the GCF testing protocol, as well as PTCRB (PCS Type approval Certification Review Board) 2.6.1, both of which are the most current versions. In addition, the technology is equipped with the new Packet Broadcast Control Channel Header (PBCCH) functionality, which moves the control of the GPRS modems from circuit switched to packet-based and enables more efficient use of radio channels and enhanced radio control features.

"The relationship with Sony Ericsson and GCF certification of the GC75 GPRS PC Card Modem are strong endorsements of Broadcom's core GPRS technology," said Tung Chang, Vice President and General Manager of Broadcom's Mobile Communications Business Unit. "GPRS technology will also form the foundation of our evolution to future cellular technologies, such as EDGE and multi-mode transceivers. Coupled with our industry-leading 802.11 products, this will enable us to provide seamless wireless LAN/WAN connectivity for mobile communications."

"The GC75 GPRS PC Card Modem has been well received in the marketplace and is an important part of Sony Ericsson's portfolio for enterprises and corporations," said Anders Franzen, Corporate Vice President, Head of Sony Ericsson M2M Com. "We are pleased to be working with Broadcom on wireless applications and see many opportunities for continued growth in the wireless data markets."

The Sony Ericsson GC75 GPRS PC Card Modem received the GCF certification and successfully passed testing with the world's leading manufacturers of GPRS infrastructure equipment, including Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia, Nortel and Siemens. The modem, now in volume production, is capable of downloading data at 57 kilobytes per second over a cellular connection, about the same speed as a high-end dial-up modem. The card is compatible with both GPRS and High Speed Circuit Switched Data (HSCSD) protocols and can be used wherever GSM/GPRS service is available. Its tri-band capability allows the modem to switch transparently between GSM/GPRS networks in the 900MHz, 1800MHz and 1900MHz frequency bands worldwide.

Broadcom has extensively tested its GPRS products in all major European, Asian & U.S. markets. The tri-band capabilities of this product allow users to have Internet access in over 160 countries on five continents.

Broad line of wireless technologies
Broadcom also recently unveiled its new 54gTM wireless local area networking technology based on the forthcoming IEEE 802.11g standard, which offers 54 Mbps of wireless connectivity in the 2.4 GHz frequency range and backwards compatibility to the dominant 802.11b standard. In the continued roll out of new wireless products, Broadcom also recently introduced the BCM2035 ROM-based single-chip BluetoothTM radio, which provides the smallest size and highest radio sensitivity in the industry. This suite of wireless chip products enable Broadcom to offer complete WAN/LAN/PAN solutions enabling seamless connectivity to the Internet, anytime, anywhere, with the lowest cost, smallest form factors and performance unequaled in the market place.

The BCM2029 GSM/GPRS baseband is currently shipping in production quantities.

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

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