Broadcom Joins UNH-IOL iWARP Consortium as Founding Member

12/14/2004 - Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor solutions enabling broadband communications, announced that it has become a founding member of a consortium of companies committed to providing interoperability test beds for new remote data memory access (RDMA)-over- Ethernet products. The UNH-IOL iWARP Consortium is an industry-supported organization that works with member companies to provide a neutral test environment and industry accepted test methodologies for the purpose of promoting and fostering the iWARP family of protocols (such as RDMA) and enhancing the speed of memory data transfer on attached Internet devices.

As a founding member of the UNH-IOL iWARP Consortium, Broadcom will contribute to a testing process that will act as the industry's primary reference point for identifying and solving interoperability issues between different manufacturers' products. Broadcom and other founding member companies will produce detailed test suites which will result in the creation of industry-wide metrics used in evaluating, improving and conforming to industry-standards and the ability to operate in worst-case scenarios.

RDMA was developed in response to the growing demand for increased memory bandwidth, which is needed to support high-performance parallel, clustering and grid computing. iWARP is a protocol standard that enables RDMA to run over Ethernet networks via TCP/IP (transmission control protocol/Internet protocol), the common transport mechanism underlying today's networks and the Internet. It allows a network to share one server's memory directly into another's while bypassing each server's operating system, thus increasing overall computing performance without requiring additional CPU cycles.

The UNH-IOL iWARP Consortium founding members include Ammaso Inc., Broadcom Corp., Chelsio Communications Inc., EMC Corp., HP, Intel, Lamprey Networks Inc., Microsoft, NetEffect Inc., Network Appliance Inc., S2io Inc., Siliquent Technologies and Sun Microsystems.

About the University of New Hampshire's InterOperability Laboratory
Established in 1988, the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) is a non-profit organization that offers comprehensive interoperability and conformance-based testing through 19 technology-based groups, called consortiums. Test solutions created at the UNH-IOL offer a set of methods to increase interoperability through protocol operations, signaling, point-to-point and multi-system scenarios. For more information, visit the UNH-IOL website at:

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

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