Broadcom Makes 802.11g Connection with Gateway Notebooks

6/27/2003 - With 802.11g gaining momentum since its ratification last week, Gateway announces its award-winning line of notebook PCs will be offered with an option to use 54gTM, Broadcom Corporation's maximum-performance implementation of the 802.11g wireless LAN standard. Gateway customers now can get the most powerful wireless mobile technology available; in addition, Gateway plans to offer mobile products employing the new wireless standard to easily work with each other as well as PCs, DLP projectors, and soon, PDAs.

Gateway has led the industry with notebooks that deliver integrated 802.11b wireless connectivity, which enables business, SOHO and home computer users to access the Internet and share resources without having to connect with a wire. Now, Gateway's notebooks with 802.11g wireless will let customers shop online, browse the Internet and send and receive emails and instant messages wirelessly at speeds up to 54Mpbs -- nearly five times faster than the 11Mbps speed of 802.11b.

The complete Gateway® 450 and Gateway® 600 notebook products lines, and several configurations of the Gateway® 400 line, are now available with Broadcom® 54gTM wireless as an integrated option. By the end of July, Gateway's entire notebook line will have the option for integrated 802.11g. In the meantime, Gateway is offering 802.11g add-in cards for notebook and desktop PCs not covered by the new release, so that business and home users can move to the latest wireless technology.

"Wi-Fi lets people use their mobile PCs the way they were meant to be used -- wherever and whenever they want, without being tied down by a cable," said Mike Stinson, Gateway's vice president of mobile products. "Gateway has been a leading proponent of Wi-Fi, helping consumers and business customers with integrated notebooks, home wireless network installation and lots of add-in options. Now, by delivering the option for 802.11g in our mobile products, we're continuing to give our customers access to the latest wireless technology with enhancements for greater security and speed."

Broadcom's 54gTM technology is fully compliant with the IEEE 802.11g standard, and provides Gateway customers with ample wireless bandwidth for streaming media and large files. Products based on 54gTM technology provide the highest throughput and range, and are completely interoperable with the 40 million 802.11b nodes currently in service. 54gTM products also offer the industry's most advanced security features, including certified support for Wi-Fi Protected AccessTM (WPA), hardware accelerated Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), and support for Cisco Compatible Extensions (CCX).

"As home and business networks transition to high-speed wireless networks, 54gTM has become the premier technology for PC and network equipment vendors implementing 802.11g solutions," said Jeff Abramowitz, senior director of marketing for Broadcom's Home and Wireless Networking Business Unit. "By equipping its notebooks with 54gTM technology, Gateway can assure its customers that their notebooks will achieve optimal performance with wireless equipment found in retail stores and through broadband service providers."

The cost of adding in Broadcom's 802.11g 54gTM wireless into a new Gateway notebook at time of purchase will be approximately $30. Gateway will also continue to offer 802.11b options for customers who want to continue using that wireless specification.

Gateway's focus on delivering innovative mobile products with 802.11g technology is the latest step for the company as it transforms itself from a traditional PC maker to a branded integrator of technology solutions. As a branded integrator, Gateway will launch an array of branded products across a host of new categories for the balance of the year, and will integrate those products into customized solutions for its consumer and business customers. For more information, visit

About Gateway
Since its founding in 1985, Gateway (NYSE: GTW) has been a technology and direct-marketing pioneer, using its call centers, web site and retail network to build direct customer relationships. As it transforms itself from being a leading PC company into a branded integrator of personalized technology solutions, the company's line of Gateway-branded products is expanding to include digital TVs, DLP projectors, tablet PCs and systems and networking products and services. Gateway is America's second most admired computer company, according to Fortune magazine(1), and its products and services received more than 125 awards and honors last year. For more information, visit

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® and 54gTM are trademarks of Broadcom Corporation and/or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries.

(1) Source: Fortune magazine, March 3, 2003 issue

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