Dell Latitude Notebooks Connect with Broadcom Products

3/13/2003 - Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), the leading provider of integrated circuits enabling broadband communications, announced that Dell will feature a combination of Broadcom connectivity products in Dell’s new Latitude® D-Family of notebook computers. The products that comprise the new Latitude’s communication platform include the 54gTM wireless LAN chipset and the new 802.11a/54gTM chipset, the Broadcom® BCM5705M NetXtremeTM Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) controller, and the BCM4154 v.92 MDC Softmodem.

This combination of Broadcom’s leading-edge technologies provides maximum investment protection for corporate customers looking to implement next generation LANs, while providing the utmost in backwards compatibility to today’s slower, but more common network environments.

“Our new D-Family of Latitude notebooks set a new standard in connectivity, providing the growing number of mobile users greater ease and flexibility in accessing information wherever, whenever,” said John Medica, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Dell Product Group. “Broadcom’s draft 802.11g products and Gigabit Ethernet controller provide customers the ability to connect at faster speeds, enhancing their productivity and efficiency.”

“With more than 10 million ports of Gigabit Ethernet shipped since 1999 and more than 3 million 54gTM chips delivered since December 2002, Broadcom has established itself as a communications technology leader and significant enabler in the mobile computing space,” said Tom Lagatta, Vice President and General Manager of Broadcom’s Client Server Networking Business Unit. “Dell’s adoption of our Gigabit Ethernet and wireless LAN solutions leverage the significant advantages of Broadcom’s Mobile Communications Suite of products that work together to make the most current connectivity technology accessible to end-users today.”

Broadcom’s Draft 802.11g Wireless LAN Chipsets
The 54gTM chipset, Broadcom’s maximum performance implementation of the IEEE 802.11g draft specification, effectively future-proofs current wireless LAN investments. Products based on the Broadcom chipset can connect as 802.11b or draft-802.11g clients, providing data rates of up to 11 Mbps as “b” clients, or 54 Mbps as “g” clients. Notebook users can thus avoid client upgrade costs when enterprise networks migrate to include 802.11g capability.

The new Latitude D-Family notebooks offer high performance wireless connectivity under Dell’s TrueMobile® brand name. The TrueMobile 1300 is a 54gTM wireless LAN mini-PCI card based on Broadcom’s BCM4306/BCM2050 chipset, and D-Family notebooks with this card are Wi-Fi CERTIFIEDTM for IEEE 802.11b interoperability. The TrueMobile® 1400 is an 802.11a/g wireless LAN mini-PCI card based on the BCM4309/ BCM2050 /BCM2060 chipset, and D-Family notebooks with this card are Wi-Fi CERTIFIED for IEEE 802.11a and IEEE 802.11b interoperability. This new “a/g” solution covers all available 802.11 standards with backward compatibility to 802.11b, built-in 802.11a functionality for densely-populated wireless network environments, and the expected ability to upgrade to full 802.11g compliance once the final 802.11g specification has been ratified by the IEEE.

Broadcom’s AirForceTM Wireless LAN Product Family
Broadcom’s high performance WLAN product line, AirForceTM, features the greatest breadth and depth in the industry. In addition to transceivers that provide IEEE 802.11b, 802.11g and dual-band 802.11a/g solutions, Broadcom integrates wireless network processors, communications technologies and software solutions into reference designs that speed customer time to market. Broadcom partners are developing 54gTM client solutions, access points, routers, cable modems, DSL modems, BluetoothTM solutions and GPRS cellular products.

Broadcom’s wireless LAN solutions provide the enhanced features, performance and software drivers required for the demanding enterprise WLAN market. The AirForceTM OneDriverTM software has been extensively tested in system verification test labs at Broadcom and at customer sites. The hardware for 54gTM solutions incorporates support for WEP and AES encryption, and the software can be upgraded to forthcoming WPA and 802.11i security standards.

Broadcom’s NetXtremeTM Gigabit Ethernet Controllers
Broadcom, the pioneer of Gigabit Ethernet technology, announced the BCM5705M Gigabit Ethernet PCI controller in September 2002. The BCM5705M is the latest member of Broadcom’s NetXtremeTM Gigabit Ethernet controller family. It brings to Dell notebooks the highest level of field-proven reliability that has made Broadcom the de facto Ethernet controller used in servers today. The partnership between Dell and Broadcom results in enhanced end-user experience by delivering industry-leading networking performance, longer battery life, higher reliability and lower system cost.

Gigabit Ethernet is rapidly becoming the standard network technology to connect today’s servers and client enterprise users. Tests conducted last year by the Ziff-Davis Media Company’s eTesting Labs ( show that Gigabit Ethernet connections can provide up to a 341% improvement over 10/100 Ethernet connections running everyday business applications on client systems such as e-mail, web browsing, databases and disk back-up.

Gigabit Ethernet Product Highlights
Broadcom’s NetXtreme BCM5705M Gigabit Ethernet controller is a 32-bit PCI controller designed specifically for mobile PC applications. It features the industry’s lowest power consumption at 900mW. Under identical network conditions, the BCM5705M consumes nearly 40% less power than leading 10/100 Fast Ethernet solutions in critical battery powered modes. Advanced power management logic senses the performance requirements of the mobile PC and provides six power-down modes to reduce power levels intelligently and automatically, while substantially extending battery life. By lowering overall power consumption, the BCM5705M improves thermal performance, increases reliability, and extends battery life, making this single-chip solution ideal for mobile PC applications.

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, wide area and storage 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, AirForceTM, OneDriverTM, and SystemI/OTM are trademarks of Broadcom Corporation and/or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries. Latitude® and TrueMobile® are trademarks of Dell. Wi-Fi® and Wi-Fi CERTIFIEDTM are trademarks of the Wi-Fi Alliance. BluetoothTM is a trademark of the Bluetooth SIG.

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