Ten Million Copper PHY Gigabit Ethernet and Counting for Broadcom

3/4/2003 - Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), the leading provider of integrated circuits enabling broadband communications, announced that it has shipped its 10 millionth Gigabit Ethernet over copper port. With five generations of this technology delivered to the market, Broadcom has the industry’s most widely used Gigabit Ethernet copper physical layer (PHY) devices and almost 200 publicly announced design wins, as well as the broadest customer penetration with selection by nearly every leading networking Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) worldwide.

Broadcom revolutionized the networking industry in May 1999 by demonstrating the Broadcom® BCM5400, the world’s first Gigabit Ethernet device for existing copper cabling. Since the introduction of the BCM5400, the company has delivered 13 Gigabit PHY chips to the networking market, as well as five integrated MAC/PHY chips for Network Interface Card (NIC) applications and two custom ASICs (application-specific ICs) with integrated Gigabit PHYs. These chips incorporate the industry’s most powerful transceiver DSP (Digital Signal Processing) engine, with 20% more processing power than competitive solutions, and utilize various CMOS processes with line width geometries ranging from 0.35-micron down to 0.13-micron.

Broadcom’s latest Gigabit PHY devices, the BCM5464S, BCM5464 and BCM5464H, lead the industry in lowest power dissipation, and represent a second generation brought to production in 0.13-micron technology. Broadcom remains the only chip vendor in production with 0.13-micron Gigabit Ethernet PHY technology.

“As the demand for Gigabit Ethernet accelerates, we have responded by developing 20 different PHY devices across NICs, switches, custom ASICs and standalone PHYs,” said Robert Rango, Vice President and General Manager of Broadcom’s Network Infrastructure Business Unit. “Throughout our entire Gigabit PHY evolution, Broadcom has made dramatic improvements in power dissipation and port integration, and with the addition of key features such as integrated SerDes, has enabled high density designs and reduced overall system costs.”

Broadcom’s family of Gigabit Ethernet over copper PHYs includes the BCM5400 (May 1999), BCM5401 (May 2000), BCM5402 (September 2000), BCM5411 (September 2000), BCM5404 (February 2001), BCM5421/5421S (June 2001), BCM5424 (June 2001), BCM5414 (July 2001), BCM5434 (August 2001), BCM5464/5464S (July 2002) and the BCM5464H (September 2002). Broadcom’s family of NIC devices with integrated Gigabit Ethernet over copper PHYs includes the BCM5701 (April 2001), BCM5702 (December 2001), BCM5703 (December 2001), BCM5704 (April 2002) and the BCM5705 (August 2002). Broadcom’s family of ROBOswitchTM 2G devices with integrated Gigabit Ethernet over copper PHYs includes the BCM5382 (November 2002) and the BCM5380 (December 2002).

Selected OEM Comments
“Enterasys provides Business-Driven Networks for today's Global 2000 enterprises, with a particular focus on the critical security, productivity and agility capabilities that our customers require for a distinct competitive edge," said Kevin Brown, Vice President and General Manager of the Switching Business Unit at Enterasys Networks. "One way that we have been able to exceed customer expectations is by taking full advantage of Broadcom's IEEE-compliant and interoperable PHYs within our Gigabit Ethernet products.”

“F5’s Application Traffic Management capabilities make the creation and delivery of any IP-based application or Web service predictable, secure and cost-effective – regardless of the network environment,” said Dan Matte, Vice President of Product Management and Marketing, F5 Networks, Inc. “Broadcom’s Gigabit Ethernet products are one of the key ingredients in providing our industry leading Application Traffic Management solution.”

“HP’s ProCurve networking business was the first to ship Gigabit Ethernet over copper interfaces for its switches in October 1999 because we felt strongly that this interface provided an outstanding return on investment for customers,” said John McHugh, Vice President and General Manager, HP ProCurve Networking Business. “The rapid growth in adoption of Gigabit over copper has been driven by unparalleled price/performance, reliability, interoperability and ease of use, all key considerations customers use when purchasing network infrastructure products. Together, HP and Broadcom have supported this growth by affordably and reliably providing this technology to our mutual customers.”

“HP is committed to providing its customers the ultimate scalability, reliability and flexibility of their IT infrastructure and will continue to accelerate the integration of Gigabit Ethernet across our complete family of industry-leading ProLiant servers," said Paul Santeler, Vice President, Management and Networking, HP Industry Standard Servers. "Our customers are actively deploying this new technology and are depending more on Gigabit Ethernet as a key element of their server infrastructure. Broadcom's technology enables us to lead the way.”

“For optimal scalability, flexibility, and performance, at a low total cost of ownership (TCO), Sun servers use a balanced system design and common architecture,” said Raju Penumatcha, Senior Director, Network & Security Products Group, for Sun Microsystems. “Broadcom’s Gigabit technology helps us deliver scalable, mission-critical servers ranging from entry level to high end.”

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 www.broadcom.com.

Broadcom®, the pulse logo, Connecting everything®, ROBOswitchTM and SystemI/OTM are trademarks of Broadcom Corporation and/or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries.

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