Advanced Cable Modem Gateways Receive CableLabs Certification Using Broadcom's Chips and Software

6/26/2002 - Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), the leading provider of integrated circuits enabling broadband communications, announced that cable modem products using the Broadcom® BCM3360 Single-Chip Gateway and CableMedeaTM software received CableLabs® Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSISTM) certification.

Setting the stage for CableHomeTM 1.0 products, these newly DOCSIS-certified products are the first cable modem gateways to combine a 4-port 10/100 Ethernet router/firewall, 32 Megabit per second (Mbps) HomePNATM 2.0 home phone line networking, and an 802.11b wireless access point into a single, easy to use and manage product. CableHome 1.0 is a specification, developed by CableLabs, that defines the requirements for managing and provisioning a multi-user home network linked to DOCSIS-based cable service, including feature definition for securing the network from unwanted IP intruders. CableLabs currently only certifies the DOCSIS cable modem functionality in products.

The BCM3360 is the industry's first single-chip cable modem gateway integrated circuit to include DOCSIS/EuroDOCSIS 1.0/1.1 cable modem functionality with PropaneTM, Broadcom's packet acceleration technology, and the most popular networking interfaces for distributing voice, video and data services across wired or wireless mediums, in a multi-user environment. Broadcom's CableMedeaTM software, developed based on the CableHome 1.0 specification, provides a complete solution to accelerate deployment of both integrated DOCSIS cable and stand-alone Ethernet CableHome-based residential gateways.

"The broadband gateway market is rapidly evolving, as Cable Multi-Service Operators (MSOs) are demanding more than basic modems in order to enable a market for value-added connectivity services," said Mike Wolf of In-Stat/MDR, author of the forthcoming research report, Connectivity Everywhere: The Home Network and Gateway Chipset Market. "As 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."

Broadcom is the leading supplier of cable modem silicon, having shipped to date in excess of 30 million cable modem chips used throughout the world in DOCSIS and EuroDOCSIS systems. The newly-certified cable modem products, based on the BCM3360 gateway functionality, join previously-certified modems using Broadcom's BCM3300, BCM3345, BCM3350 and BCM3351 DOCSIS chips. Broadcom has the industry's most complete and comprehensive cable modem IC family, addressing the needs of customers in both the DOCSIS and EuroDOCSIS markets.

"The BCM3360 offers the most integrated solution in the industry, making it the preferred choice for the majority of the cable modem gateway designs," said Tim Lindenfelser, Vice President and General Manager of Broadcom's Broadband Communications Business Unit. "With the BCM3360, our customers are building complete gateways based on the CableHome specification that provide consumers and cable operators with a low-cost, flexible, secure solution that seamlessly operates with multiple types of LAN networking connections in the home and office."

The CableMedea software package includes an advanced Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) firewall to protect the home from unwanted IP intruders. The software also includes CableHome-based security, provisioning and management functionality, and is available with extensions to enable numerous services, such as parental control and content filtering.

Broadcom's Propane packet acceleration technology, embedded in the modems, increases the upstream channel performance of DOCSIS systems by up to 300%. This enhancement allows significantly more bandwidth to each cable modem, without any required cable plant infrastructure upgrades, thus reducing cable operators' overall capital expenditures. Propane is 100% compatible with DOCSIS and is available with Broadcom's line of Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS) chipsets, which can be found in numerous DOCSIS 1.1 CMTS's.

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 everythingTM.

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

Broadcom®, the pulse logo®, Connecting everythingTM, CableMedeaTM, PropaneTM and SystemI/OTM are trademarks of Broadcom Corporation and/or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries. DOCSIS, CableLabs® and CableHomeTM are trademarks of Cable Television Laboratories, Inc. HomePNATM is a trademark of the Home Phoneline Networking Alliance. All other trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

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