Broadcom Makes Gigabit Ethernet Connection with Compaq Notebooks

3/20/2003 - Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), the leading provider of integrated circuits enabling broadband communications, announced that the Broadcom® BCM5705M NetXtremeTM Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) Controller will be offered standard in every Compaq EvoTM 620c notebook PC from HP. Gigabit Ethernet is the next logical step in Ethernet technology, increasing performance and productivity and effectively pushing legacy 10/100 Fast Ethernet technology into obsolescence amongst business mobile PCs.

The BCM5705M is the latest member of Broadcom’s NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet controller family. It includes several important advancements designed specifically for mobile platforms such as lower overall power consumption and sophisticated power management. It makes Gigabit Ethernet suitable for mainstream notebook computers by reducing equivalent power dissipation to levels even lower than previous 10/100 Fast Ethernet solutions under similar conditions.

The BCM5705M brings to Compaq Evo 620c notebook computer customers the highest level of field-proven reliability that has made Broadcom the de facto Ethernet controller used in servers today. The collaboration between HP and Broadcom results in an enhanced end-user experience by delivering industry-leading networking performance, longer battery life, higher reliability, lower system cost, and lower total cost of ownership.

“As the pioneer of Gigabit Ethernet technology with over 10 million ports shipped to date, Broadcom has led the industry migration from legacy 10/100 to Gigabit in servers and switching solutions,” said Thomas Lagatta, Vice President and General Manager of Broadcom’s Client Server Networking Business Unit. “Our proven ability to lower power consumption, while increasing system performance and reliability, will contribute to the pervasive adoption of Gigabit Ethernet technology for clients such as desktop and mobile PCs within the enterprise.”

“HP is leading the charge to deliver Gigabit Ethernet to the mobile PC, enabling significant performance improvement for demanding business applications,” said Kevin Frost, Vice President of Worldwide Notebook Marketing, HP Personal Systems Group. “As the enterprise network evolves, delivering Gigabit performance to more clients’ PCs on the network, the Compaq Evo 620c and future business notebooks will provide customers with industry-leading investment protection enabling notebooks purchased today to reap the benefits of a Gigabit network infrastructure in the future.”

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% performance and productivity improvement over 10/100 Fast Ethernet connections running everyday business applications on client systems such as e-mail, web browsing, databases and disk back-up.

The Compaq Evo 620c notebook computer is the latest in the line of HP’s mobile business computers designed for customers who need a lightweight design, enterprise-level performance, and the latest in connectivity. Weighing only 4.8 pounds and measuring only 1.2-inches, the Compaq Evo 620c delivers the ultimate balance of mobility and technology.

Product Descriptions
The Broadcom BCM5705M NetXtreme 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.

The Broadcom BCM5705 and BCM5705M NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet controllers have been sampling to customers since July 2002. Both controllers are packaged in a 15mm x 15mm, 196-pin package utilizing the advanced 0.13-micron CMOS process technology and complement the company’s existing product lines for Gigabit Ethernet switching solutions, transceivers, security processors and integrated server chipsets, representing the most comprehensive portfolio of Gigabit Ethernet solutions currently available.

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®, NetXtremeTM and SystemI/OTM are trademarks of Broadcom Corporation and/or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries. EvoTM is a trademark of Hewlett-Packard Company.

Previous Page | News by Category | News Search

If you found this page useful, bookmark and share it on: