Industry First - Broadcom Delivers Embedded 802.11a/g Wireless LAN

4/9/2003 - Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), the leading provider of integrated circuits enabling broadband communications, announced it is the first company to ship dual-band 802.11a/g wireless local area network (LAN) mini-PCI devices, providing notebook PC manufacturers with a single embedded solution that supports the 802.11a/b standard, as well as the draft 802.11g specification. Dell recently announced it is shipping Broadcom’s dual-band technology in its new Latitude® notebooks as a future-proofed radio solution to enterprise customers. Broadcom also announced support for the Cisco Compatible Extensions program which, added to Broadcom’s standards-based security support, provides an industry leading security solution.

Notebooks equipped with Broadcom’s 802.11a/g mini-PCI technology will provide built-in connectivity to any wireless access point in a network, whether operating in the 2.4 GHz frequency range (802.11b/g) or the 5 GHz frequency range (802.11a). Dual-band technology users can rely on maximum performance and interoperability using today’s 802.11b infrastructure. Enterprise, home and public access networks are expected to upgrade to 802.11g, the new mainstream wireless LAN standard, and enterprises will add supplementary network capacity using 802.11a. 802.11a/g-enabled client devices will support single- or dual-band wireless infrastructure without the need for additional hardware purchases.

“Broadcom’s dual-band 802.11a/g mini-PCI technology is ideal for business customers that want to future-proof their notebook investments,” said Jeff Thermond, Vice President and General Manager of Broadcom’s Home and Wireless Networking Business Unit. “Our 54gTM technology provides the industry’s best speed, reach and security for upcoming 802.11g, the industry’s new mainstream wireless LAN standard, and for 802.11a, enabling customers to keep their notebook while their wireless LAN infrastructure evolves.”

Multiple major PC OEMs such as Dell will offer Broadcom’s embedded dual-band 802.11a/g in their new notebook computers to provide wireless network flexibility for clients amid evolving enterprise infrastructures. All Broadcom-enabled 802.11a/g wireless LAN solutions feature 54gTM technology, Broadcom’s implementation of the draft 802.11g specification.

Cisco Compatible Extensions Enhance WLAN Security
Broadcom also announced an agreement with Cisco to provide support for Cisco Compatible Extensions in its AirForceTM wireless LAN client family. Through a no-cost, non-exclusive license, Broadcom will integrate innovative features of Cisco Aironet® wireless LAN systems into its OneDriverTM software to offer added security, network management and roaming features to wireless clients in a Cisco Aironet wireless LAN infrastructure.

“Broadcom’s rapid growth in wireless LAN chipsets makes them a key member of the Cisco Compatible Extensions program,” said Bill Rossi, vice president and general manager of Cisco’s Wireless Networking Business Unit. “Having Broadcom deliver ‘Cisco Compatible’ single- and dual-band wireless LAN solutions is extremely important for enterprise users who want to optimize security, manageability and scalability in a high-performance wireless system.”

Leading the Wireless LAN Industry with 54 Mbps Solutions
“The 802.11a wireless LAN market has had a slow start, but we expect that dual-band 802.11a/g mini-PCI cards will become a key driver for 5GHz products,” said Ken Furer of market research firm IDC. “Broadcom has now been first to market with mainstream 2.4GHz 54Mbps and dual-band 54Mbps WLAN products.”

Broadcom’s dual-band 802.11a/g mini-PCI solution provides industry-leading speed, reach and security, and has been Wi-Fi CERTIFIEDTM as compatible with 802.11a and 802.11b devices. The three-chip all-CMOS solution features the best available range and throughput performance in both 802.11a and 54gTM modes. Featuring hardware-enabled WEP and AES security features, and software that will support WPA, CCX, and 802.11i, Broadcom’s dual-band products lead the industry in wireless networking security. The solution is shipping today with worldwide compatibility to regulatory requirements and is architected to conform to the ‘harmonized standard’ as well as 802.11h and 802.11d.

All of Broadcom’s wireless LAN client solutions, including the new dual-band products, use the same OneDriver software. The OneDriver software includes an Advanced Context Switching algorithm that automatically chooses the maximum connection speed regardless of frequency band. In addition, the Broadcom solution is optimized for Bluetooth interoperability.

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 software solutions into reference designs that speed customer time to market. Broadcom partners are developing AirForce-enabled client solutions, access points, routers, cable modems, DSL modems, BluetoothTM solutions and GPRS cellular products.

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®, Inspiron® and TrueMobile® are trademarks of Dell. Wi-Fi® is a trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. BluetoothTM is a trademark of the Bluetooth SIG. AironetTM is a trademark of Cisco Technology, Inc.

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