M-Systems' DiskOnChip Enables Broadcom's 802.11g Reference Designs

4/21/2004 - M-Systems (Nasdaq: FLSH) announced that its DiskOnChip flash disk has been integrated within Broadcom's latest secure wireless access point and router reference design, the BCM94704AGR, a key member of Broadcom's top of the line 802.11g (54gTM) wireless access point and router reference designs.

DiskOnChip offers an attractive cost/capacity solution for wireless access points, routers and residential gateways requiring 128 Mbits or more of non-volatile flash memory storage. Additionally, DiskOnChip offers increased performance, data integrity, security, as well as a flexible and future-proof hardware platform for the deployment of a myriad of new services and features into the Small Office & Home (SOHO) as well as Small & Medium Business (SMB) space for many years to come.

"Broadcom's integration of DiskOnChip into the 54gTM line of wireless access points and routers reference designs provides our customers with a very cost effective solution," said Bill Bunch, senior marketing manager, Wireless Networking, Broadcom Corporation. "OEMs and ODMs can now market the benefits of 128, 256 and 512 MBits of M-Systems' DiskOnChip with minimal cost. These new capacities allow for the introduction of new services and features that will meet the expanding needs of wireless LAN users."

M-Systems' DiskOnChip was selected because it provides the functionality of a hard drive in a small, solid-state chip and is a complete, monolithic, high-performance local storage solution that offers a superior cost structure and increased stability for connected devices which typically used NOR flash in the past. It also offers additional features such as boot capability, a unique ID, customized protected partitions and a one-time programming (OTP) area for ROM-like storage. M-Systems' line of embedded DiskOnChip products offers unrivaled advantages, such as a significant increase in density, breakthrough cost, unmatched reliability and peak performance. DiskOnChip is based upon M-Systems' TrueFFS®, the award-winning, industry-standard flash file system.

"Integration into Broadcom's leading-edge reference designs is a clear recognition of DiskOnChip's inherent advantages over existing standard flash components," said Noam Kedem, vice president of business development and marketing, M-Systems, Inc. "This collaboration with Broadcom allows M-Systems to gain a significant position in the fast growing broadband communications market, and lets Broadcom deliver further technology advantages to its broadband networking customer base."

Broadcom's Wireless LAN Product Family
Broadcom's high performance wireless LAN product line includes 54gTM, the world's most popular 54 Mbps Wi-Fi technology. In addition to transceivers that provide IEEE 802.11b, 802.11g and dual-band 802.11a/g solutions, Broadcom integrates wireless network processors, communications technologies and OneDriver software solutions into reference designs that speed customer time to market. Broadcom partners are developing Wi-Fi client solutions, access points, routers, cable modems, DSL modems, Bluetooth® solutions and GPRS cellular products.

All of the wireless chipsets in the Broadcom product line enjoy unique performance advantages that improve throughput and range via Broadcom's SmartRadioTM technology. In addition to advanced signal processing techniques, the all-CMOS solutions are capable of self-calibrating based on usage temperature and other environmental conditions, reconfiguring constantly for optimum performance. Competing radios are statically calibrated at the point of manufacture and are unable to adapt to changing environmental influences.

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. The company designs, develops and supplies complete system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions incorporating digital, analog and radio frequency (RF) technologies, as well as related hardware and software system-level applications. Broadcom's 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 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 Broadcom's core mission: Connecting everything®.

Broadcom is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and may be contacted at 1-949-450-8700 or at www.broadcom.com.

About M-Systems
M-Systems designs, develops and markets innovative flash data storage solutions for digital consumer electronics markets. M-Systems primarily targets two fast-growing digital consumer electronics markets: the USB (universal serial bus) flash drive market with its DiskOnKey product and the multimedia mobile handset market with its Mobile DiskOnChip products. For more information, please contact M-Systems at www.m-systems.com.

Broadcom is a trademark of Broadcom Corporation and/or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries.

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