Broadcom 54g Gets Certified

Broadcom's 54g 802.11g wireless LAN reference designs certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance for 100% interoperability with 802.11b

February 26, 2003

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IRVINE, Calif. -- Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), the leading provider of integrated circuits enabling broadband communications, today announced that reference designs and customer products based on the 54g™ wireless LAN chipset have achieved Wi-Fi® certification for 802.11b interoperability. The Wi-Fi certification demonstrates that wireless LAN products based on 54g™ technology can achieve 100% compatibility with existing 802.11b products while also providing almost five times the bandwidth when operating in 54g™-only environments. 54g™ is Broadcom’s maximum performance implementation of the IEEE 802.11g draft specification.Broadcom also announced a new OneDriver™ software release for all 54g™ hardware. The software release, which is compliant with the latest 802.11g draft specification version 6.1, is interoperable to 54 Mbps with all previous releases of 54g™ software and confirms that changes to the 802.11g draft specification may be implemented through software updates.Wi-Fi Certification of 802.11b products is provided through testing managed by the Wi-Fi Alliance, a non-profit organization formed in 1999 to certify interoperability of IEEE 802.11 products. The Wi-Fi logo on a product ensures that the product is officially Wi-Fi CERTIFIED by the Wi-Fi Alliance for guaranteed interoperability and compatibility with the more than 500 other Wi-Fi CERTIFIED products on the market today. Broadcom’s reference designs, the BCM94306CB and BCM94306-GAP, achieved Wi-Fi certification for 802.11b interoperability. Buffalo Technology, (USA), one of the first Broadcom customers to ship products based on these reference designs, recently announced their 54g™ products have also achieved Wi-Fi 802.11b certification. Achieving Wi-Fi certification means that a 54g™ product has been demonstrated to work seamlessly as an 802.11b product up to 11 Mbps, maintaining complete compatibility with existing 802.11b networks. This certification signals to network managers that they can feel confident equipping notebook users with 54g™ products today, connected at 802.11b speeds, and significantly improve performance over time as the wireless infrastructure is upgraded to high-speed 802.11g or 802.11a/g solutions. Moreover, because of the rigorous radio performance requirements necessitated for 54 Mbps communications, devices based on 54g™ technology when operating in ‘b’ mode, provide better performance than 802.11b-only clients.“Consumers are rapidly adopting high-speed wireless LAN products based on our 54g™ chipsets, and Wi-Fi certification for our reference designs will provide them with added assurance that 54g™ equipment will interoperate with their existing 802.11b devices,” said Jeff Abramowitz, Senior Director of Marketing for Broadcom’s wireless LAN products. “Our latest OneDriver™ software release also provides a significant industry confidence boost in 802.11g draft specification products. We have demonstrated interoperability to 54 Mbps with all competing chips on the market, and this release confirms expectations that 802.11g draft specification changes can be accommodated with a simple software upgrade.”Broadcom Corp.

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