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Broadcom surpasses 50 millionth WiFi chipset shipped
June 30, 2005
IRVINE, Calif. -- Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ:BRCM) , a global leader in wired and wireless broadband communications semiconductors, today announced that it has surpassed the milestone of over 50 million Wi-Fi(R) chipsets shipped, demonstrating the company's phenomenal success in the rapidly growing Wi-Fi market. The majority of Broadcom's Wi-Fi shipments have consisted of its industry-leading 54g(TM) wireless LAN chipsets, which provide maximum performance wireless connectivity in such products as notebook and desktop PCs, printers and other peripherals, networking equipment, broadband modems and consumer electronics devices. In 2004, Broadcom sold more Wi-Fi chipsets than any other semiconductor vendor, outpacing Intel's Centrino(TM) shipments by more than 65 percent.*
To date, more than 200 million Wi-Fi products have been sold worldwide. The convenience and affordability of wireless connectivity, as well as wire-like performance and security, have spurred the significant adoption of Wi-Fi technology for home and business networks. This growth is expected to continue as Wi-Fi products deliver greater performance and ease-of-use, and the universe of wireless applications expands. As a result, many consumer electronics manufacturers are incorporating Wi-Fi technology to enhance the user experience of next generation devices such as gaming consoles, voice over IP (VoIP) handsets and mobile phones.
"Since Broadcom introduced 54g Wi-Fi chipsets in November 2002, the technology has sold more than any other Wi-Fi solution on the market," said Robert A. Rango, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Broadcom's Mobile & Wireless Group. "We continue to drive the industry with innovations that enable our partners to maintain their market leadership positions and address the emerging needs of home and business users. Our SecureEasySetup(TM) software is a current example of Broadcom(R) technology that will foster continued growth of Wi-Fi devices."
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