HP Notebooks Powered by Broadcom’s 54g Wireless LAN Chipset

4/1/2003 - Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), the leading provider of integrated circuits enabling broadband communications, today announced that its 54gTM wireless LAN mini-PCI solutions have been integrated in Compaq Presario 2100 and 2500 series notebook computers from HP. 54gTM is Broadcom’s maximum performance implementation of the IEEE 802.11g draft specification, which is receiving strong industry support as the next mainstream wireless LAN technology.

54 Mbps wireless LAN capabilities are being offered as low-cost upgrades to Compaq Presario 2100 and 2500 series notebooks. Systems featuring Broadcom’s high-performance wireless technology will bear the 54gTM logo, guaranteeing that they are completely interoperable at maximum performance with other 54gTM products, and are compatible with the draft IEEE 802.11g specification. In addition, HP’s platforms are Wi-Fi CERTIFIEDTM for 802.11b.

“HP is accelerating the momentum behind 802.11g as the next mainstream wireless LAN technology, and amplifying the industry support for Broadcom’s 54gTM WLAN technology,” said Jeff Thermond, Vice President and General Manager of Broadcom’s Home and Wireless Networking Business Unit. “As the universe of 54gTM products continues to expand, consumers can be certain that their 54g-enabled notebooks will achieve maximum performance with wireless equipment from some of the biggest names on retail shelves worldwide, including Linksys, Belkin and Melco/Buffalo. The 54gTM technology will also support the next generation of broadband modems with embedded wireless LAN capabilities.”

“HP is focused on integrating advanced wireless capabilities that let customers enhance their productivity while enjoying the freedom of mobility,” said Kevin Frost, Vice President of Worldwide Notebook Marketing, HP Personal Systems Group. “Broadcom’s 54 Mbps solutions complement our goal of providing an extraordinary wireless experience. 54gTM delivers extremely fast wireless connections without sacrificing the reliability, affordability and simplicity that our consumer and small business customers require from HP notebooks.”

Broadcom’s Industry Leading 54 Mbps Wireless LAN Chipsets
54gTM provides the industry’s best combination of speed, reach and security, and is backward-compatible with the more than 35 million installed 802.11b devices. Products based on the Broadcom chipset provide maximum performance up to 11 Mbps when connected to 802.11b networks, and deliver up to 54 Mbps when connected to 802.11g networks. Broadcom offers complete access points and client device reference designs that incorporate draft 802.11g technology and are Wi-Fi CERTIFIED for interoperability with 802.11b.

“Broadcom introduced the industry’s first draft 802.11g solutions in November 2002 and has maintained leadership by amassing the support of the largest notebook and wireless LAN vendors,” said Allen Nogee, Senior Analyst for Instat/MDR. “The shift to ‘g’ as the preferred wireless LAN technology will be driven by equipment vendors offering its top-of-the-line capabilities at prices comparable to slower ‘b’ products. We expect that client devices that include ‘g’ technology will represent nearly 50 percent of the market this year and reach 90 percent of the market in 2005.”

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, 802.11a and dual-band 802.11a/g solutions, Broadcom integrates wireless network processors, communications technologies and OneDriverTM 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.

All the wireless chipsets in the AirForce product line enjoy unique performance advantages that improve throughput and range via Broadcom’s SmartRadioTM technology. In addition to advanced signal processing techniques, the all-CMOS solutions are capable of self-calibrating based on usage temperature and other environmental conditions, reconfiguring constantly for optimum performance. Competing radios are statically calibrated at the point of manufacture and are unable to adapt to changing environmental influences.

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. Broadcom’s 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 Broadcom’s 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®, 54gTM, AirForceTM, SmartRadioTM, OneDriverTM and SystemI/OTM are trademarks of Broadcom Corporation and/or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries. 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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