Broadcom Develops Industry's Most Highly Integrated VoIP/Wi-Fi Chipset

10/12/2004 - Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor solutions enabling broadband communications, announced a chipset for wireless IP phones that will create a new category of consumer products. Wi-Fi® phones based on this chipset will offer consumers a cordless phone replacement that can also support data applications such as web browsing, email and instant messaging. This solution is based on the convergence of Broadcom's award-winning 54gTM wireless LAN (Wi-Fi) and field-proven Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technologies. When compared to similar solutions, Broadcom's Voice over wireless LAN (VoWLAN) chipset reduces major chip count from four to two chips, and offers additional important features such as quality of service (QoS) and security.

"Our research indicates the number of broadband IP telephony subscribers will increase with a compound annual growth rate of 122 percent year-to-year in the US from 2004 through 2008," said Keith Nissen, Senior Analyst for In- Stat/MDR. "By 2008, there will be approximately 75 million subscribers using Wi-Fi-based voice services in the US, and over 145 million subscribers worldwide. Wi-Fi Phones will help drive the adoption of VoIP by enabling the delivery of advanced VoIP services such as unified messaging and presence directly to the handset."

"There is a lot of discussion around 'convergence' in the industry. With its proven ability to integrate, Broadcom is bringing to the market a real example of convergence that will enable a new class of phones," said Robert A. Rango, Group Vice President of Broadcom's Mobile & Wireless Group. "As the worldwide leader in Wi-Fi and an emerging leader in VoIP customer premises equipment (CPE) solutions, it is a natural step forward for us to combine these two technologies onto one platform for the development of wireless IP phones."

Industry Leading Integration
Broadcom's wireless IP phone chipset solution consists of the Broadcom® BCM1160 mobile VoIP processor and BCM4318 AirForce OneTM 54g chip. These two chips are shipping today and together enable a complete wireless VoIP handset solution that offers a future-proofed platform capable of supporting emerging Wi-Fi and VoIP standards, as well as new data and multimedia applications over an 802.11g Wi-Fi connection.

The BCM1160 is a new Broadcom mobile VoIP processor specifically designed to meet the integration and low-power requirements of wireless handheld devices. The BCM1160 integrates an ARM9TM-based CPU, analog voice codec with a direct microphone and high-output speaker interface, 1.3 megapixel camera interface, 262k color LCD display interface, and USB into a single-chip solution.

The processor uses Broadcom's xChangeTM VoIP software for supporting the transport of toll-quality voice. xChange is a robust, field-proven, modular software architecture used across all of Broadcom's VoIP silicon platforms, including Wi-Fi and desktop Ethernet IP phones, residential terminal adapters and voice-enabled cable and DSL residential gateways. It has been shipped in more than four million devices to date.

The BCM4318 is Broadcom's smallest and most cost-effective 54g transceiver, integrating a high-performance 2.4 GHz radio, IEEE 802.11a/g baseband processor, medium access controller (MAC) and other components onto a single silicon chip. The BCM4318 supports Broadcom's SecureEZSetupTM and its SmartRadioTM technology enables wireless VoIP phones to maintain connectivity at greater distances from the wireless router. Broadcom has been an industry leader in promoting interoperable Wi-Fi products. Broadcom's client and access point Wi-Fi reference designs are included in the Wi-Fi Alliance test bed for 801.11b, 802.11g, 802.11a/g, Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMMTM), Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPATM), and WPA2.

To reduce customers' time-to-market with new product designs, Broadcom has developed the BCM91160 Wi-Fi VoIP phone reference design. The BCM91160 includes Broadcom's xChange VoIP software, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) call signaling stack, WLAN OneDriverTM and a LinuxOS-based board support package, including all necessary drivers and software development tool chain. This kit is available today to developers as a wireless IP phone handset with a comprehensive hardware reference design support package.

Broadcom plans to demonstrate the BCM91160 reference design at the Fall 2004 VON Conference & Expo, Oct. 18-20, at the Sheraton Boston hotel connected to the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA.

Broadcom's Leading Wireless LAN and VoIP Market Position
Broadcom is a leading provider of WLAN and VoIP solutions and has been instrumental in defining industry standards to ensure product interoperability across all market sectors. 54g, which is Broadcom's high-performance implementation of the 802.11g wireless LAN standard, is the world's most popular 54-Mbps wireless LAN technology. Broadcom's 54g technology can be found in the leading brands of wireless LAN products, including Acer, Apple, Belkin, Buffalo, Cisco/Linksys, Dell, Gateway, HP, Motorola, Thomson and U.S. Robotics.

Broadcom is an emerging technology leader in both the residential and enterprise IP phone markets. The company's growing family of IP solutions is shipping in volume production to leading manufacturers for deployment in enterprise IP phones, residential terminal adapters and voice-enabled cable and DSL residential gateways worldwide. Broadcom is working with top tier OEMs and ODMs and service providers, including Ambit, AT&T, Avaya Communications, iCable Systems, Hitachi Communication Technologies, Ltd., Iwatsu Electric, Foxconn and NEC Infrontia Corporation (NEC-i).

About Broadcom
Broadcom Corporation is a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor solutions that enable broadband communications and networking of voice, video and data services. We design, develop and supply complete system- on-a-chip (SoC) solutions incorporating digital, analog, radio frequency (RF), microprocessor and digital signal processing (DSP) technologies, as well as related hardware and software system-level applications. Our diverse product portfolio addresses every major broadband communications market and includes solutions for digital cable and satellite set-top boxes; high definition television (HDTV); cable and digital subscriber line (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 and security 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®, the Connecting everything logo, 54gTM, AirForce OneTM, OneDriverTM, SecureEZSetupTM, SmartRadioTM, SystemI/OTM and xChangeTM are trademarks of Broadcom Corporation and/or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries. Wi-Fi®, WMMTM, WPATM and WPA2TM are trademarks of the Wi-Fi Alliance. ARM9TM is a trademark of ARM Limited.

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