Broadcom's BladeRunner Powers Ericsson's DSLAM Solution

3/5/2003 - Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), the leading provider of integrated circuits enabling broadband communications, announced that Ericsson, a leading telecom supplier, has developed DSL central office equipment based on Broadcom's BladeRunnerTM chipset. Ericsson chose the chipset for the Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer (DSLAM) featured in Ericsson's Ethernet DSL Access Solution, which is now in full production and shipping to leading customers.

The Broadcom® BladeRunner chipset is a highly integrated silicon solution that provides industry-leading power, performance and flexibility, making it an ideal choice for Ericsson's Ethernet DSL Access Solution. With BladeRunner, Ericsson has developed the world's smallest and most innovative DSLAM, designed to facilitate the cost-effective mass-deployment of DSL while simultaneously increasing performance. Broadcom's BladeRunner chipset also provides Ericsson with solid interoperability, which is essential for the worldwide deployment of DSL services.

"Ericsson's selection of our BladeRunner chipset was strategic for Broadcom. Ericsson was one of our early access partners for DSL equipment, and their Ethernet DSL Access is a revolutionary system architecture," said John O'Neill, Director of DSL Marketing for Broadcom's Broadband Communications Business Unit. "The migration to Internet Protocol-based DSL access equipment will be stimulated by innovative and cost-compelling system solutions, such as Ericsson's Ethernet DSL Access. Broadcom's partnership with Ericsson and their selection of BladeRunner show our mutual commitment to lead the paradigm shift to IP-based DSLAM equipment."

The BladeRunner BCM6410/BCM6420 chipset supports Asymmetric DSL (ADSL) communications at up to 24 Megabits per second (Mbps) with an unmatched power dissipation of only 900 mW under typical worst-case conditions. The solution is also the first in the industry to integrate on-chip all the memory, processor and interworking functions typically found on DSL line cards. Broadcom backs the BladeRunner chipset with standards-compliant firmware that supports the full range of worldwide DSL deployments, including ADSL, ADSL2, and ADSL2+.

About Ericsson
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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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