Broadcom Enables Bluetooth Wireless Functionality in Acer's Notebooks

8/30/2004 - Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor solutions enabling broadband communications, announced it is supplying chips and software that enable Bluetooth® wireless functionality in notebook computers from Acer. Appearing in 13 models targeting both the consumer and enterprise markets, the Broadcom® single-chip Bluetooth solutions support the latest Bluetooth standard and feature the industry's most widely-adopted Bluetooth software (WIDCOMM® BTW -- Bluetooth for Windows®) to deliver assured interoperability and the highest level of functionality.

Broadcom's Blutonium® line of Bluetooth transceivers allows Acer® computers to wirelessly connect to Bluetooth devices such as keyboards, mice and other interface devices. The Broadcom solution also enables wireless synchronization with PDAs, handheld computers and mobile phones, enhancing the user experience by eliminating the need for cables. Acer's adoption of the Blutonium platform highlights the continued growth of Broadcom Bluetooth technology in the PC arena.

"Acer is focused on delivering the highest quality products, incorporating the latest technology for our customers. As such, Bluetooth was a natural addition to our products this year," said Campbell Kan, Head of Mobile Computing Business Unit of Acer Computers. "We selected Broadcom for its worldwide reputation of outstanding quality, and because of our excellent experience working with Broadcom over the past several years. Our customers can now benefit from Broadcom's field-proven and fully matured hardware and software solution that integrates very smoothly with the rest of our product offerings."

The Broadcom Bluetooth solutions appear in 13 notebook computers from Acer, including the Aspire and TravelMate families. These models represent Acer's biggest commitment to Bluetooth to date, making the wireless personal area network a key part of the Acer user experience.

"Broadcom is currently shipping multiple Bluetooth solutions into the PC market, with chips and BTW software that enable wireless connectivity to PC peripherals, and single-chip solutions for embedded applications," said Scott Bibaud, Director of Marketing for Broadcom's Bluetooth products. "With industry leading silicon integration, the highest level of radio performance, and the most complete and robust software available, our technology enables a superior Bluetooth user experience to Acer customers."

Acer computers with Broadcom Bluetooth technology are now shipping in high volume production.

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, WIDCOMM®, Blutonium®, and SystemI/OTM are trademarks of Broadcom Corporation and/or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries. Acer® is a trademark of Acer Incorporated. Bluetooth® is a trademark of the Bluetooth SIG. Windows® is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.

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