Broadcom Debuts Low-Cost Internet Protocol Phone Engine Chip

4/16/2003 - Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), the leading provider of integrated circuits enabling broadband communications, announced the BCM1115 Internet Protocol (IP) phone engine, a single Ethernet port phone chip enabling manufactures to build cost-effective IP phones at price points similar to those of legacy Time Domain Multiplexed (TDM) Private Branch Exchange (PBX) phones. Broadcom's IP telephony solutions are shipping in volume production to leading telephone manufacturers today and are enabling mainstream enterprise IP telephony deployment worldwide.

The combination of the new BCM1115 IP phone chip and the popular BCM1101 two-port version, already utilized in a wide range of high-end phones, enables Broadcom to provide a family of chips for both basic and advanced functionality IP phones. Broadcom's family of IP phone solutions now allows customers to deliver a broad range of complementary IP phone solutions to meet different customer requirements within the same enterprise network.

These IP phone chips are helping to stimulate the enterprise IP telephony market by enabling equipment vendors to bring families of powerful second generation IP phones to market more quickly and cost effectively than before. These phones range from highly advanced phones, offering features not possible on legacy TDM-based PBX phones, to low-cost basic phones that look and feel much like legacy entry-level PBX phones. The high-end phones often feature large color displays, web browsing functions and software applications similar to those commonly utilized on PDAs, offering true convergence of desktop applications and improving employee productivity.

“Enterprise IP telephony has now passed the point of being a trial technology and is moving rapidly toward mass acceptance,” said Paul Shore, Director of Marketing for Broadcom’s VoIP Client Products. “Providing chips like the BCM1115 is enabling equipment vendors to manufacture IP phones at similar cost to TDM phones. The availability of these phones is breaking down one of the last barriers preventing the transition from TDM to IP. We are continuing to focus on offering a family of IP phone chips that meet the needs of both cost-reduced and feature-enhanced phone applications.”

“It is important to the growth of IP telephony that system vendors have a diverse portfolio of desktop IP telephone models ranging from low cost entry to high cost complex, similar to the mix of circuit switched PBX digital telephones,” said Allan Sulkin, a veteran PBX market analyst and President of TEQConsult Group. “An affordable IP telephone is necessary to gradually replace the very large installed base of analog phones, used at locations where there is not a need for station user high functionality (e.g., entrance lobbies, backroom wall phones).”

The BCM1115 is shipping in volume in phones featuring one Ethernet port, in locations needing only basic phone access, with no co-resident PC requiring Local Area Network (LAN) connectivity via a second Ethernet port on a phone. These types of locations include entry-level staff offices, hallways, lobbies, classrooms and hospital rooms.

Technical Product Information
The BCM1115 features an 87 MHz MIPS32 RISC processor for advanced Computer Telephony Integration (CTI) applications, and a powerful dual-MAC digital signal processor (DSP). The chip’s integrated Ethernet MAC supports IEEE 802.1p packet prioritization and 802.1Q VLAN identification. Also integrated into the BCM1115 are two analog CODECs capable of supporting both narrowband 8 Kilohertz (KHz) and wideband 16 KHz sampling, which in conjunction with wideband voice coders, such as Broadcom’s BroadVoiceTM32, will enable IP phone networks to deliver high fidelity voice transmission. The chip’s integrated 10/100-Mbps Ethernet transceiver is designed and tested to withstand 2000 volts of cable-sourced electrostatic discharge (CESD), which prevents the system from being damaged or destroyed due to electric discharge during installation and cable insertion.

The BCM1115 is currently shipping in volume production. It is packaged in a 256-pin PBGA and costs $12.78 each in 25K piece quantities.

Broadcom’s IP Telephony Products
Broadcom’s enterprise IP phone chips are some of the most advanced solutions in the industry, offering a range of both high-end and basic voice and data capabilities. These chips coupled with Broadcom’s proven Ethernet networking and VoIP gateway technologies are enabling manufacturers to deliver economical solutions for migrating businesses to complete IP telephony systems.

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

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