Broadcom Intros Docsis 3.0 CMTS Chipset

First Docsis 3.0/Euro-Docsis 3.0-based chipset with advanced line rate capabilities for next-gen cable modem termination systems

January 7, 2009

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LAS VEGAS -- 2009 International CES -- Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced the industry's first DOCSIS® 3.0/Euro-DOCSIS™ 3.0-based chipset with advanced line rate capabilities for next generation cable modem termination systems (CMTS). Among the early adopters of this technology, Cisco Systems plans to incorporate one of Broadcom's newly announced solutions in their next generation CMTS equipment.

Broadcom's new CMTS chipset works in conjunction with the Broadcom® BCM3380 - the industry's first fully integrated cable modem solution for DOCSIS 3.0/Euro-DOCSIS 3.0 applications (also announced separately today) to provide the first end-to-end solution for enabling interactive services over broadband cable services, with reverse path speeds up to 160 Megabits per second (Mbps) and downstream speeds up to 400 Mbps.

Broadcom has been instrumental in developing the new DOCSIS 3.0 standard for cable networks, enabling faster transmission speeds by adding advanced media access control capabilities such as channel bonding to cable modems and headend equipment. Differing from competing solutions, Broadcom's DOCSIS 3.0 CMTS and cable modem chips also feature TurboQAM® technology that provides a 33 percent improvement over reverse path speeds and a 25 percent improvement over downstream speeds in support of the DOCSIS 3.0 standard.

The improvement in performance resulting from Broadcom's new DOCSIS 3.0 CMTS chipset will enable cable operators to cost effectively upgrade their headend equipment to manage faster line speeds for broadband services requiring greater than 100 Mbps of upstream and downstream bandwidth. These new services include IPTV, secure virtual private networks (VPNs) for telecommuters, full-featured IP telephony, video conferencing, local web hosting and peer-to-peer networking applications like music downloads and file sharing. In addition, with reliable, symmetrical network services using equipment based on Broadcom's advanced DOCSIS 3.0-based CMTS chipset, cable operators can now broaden their subscriber bases to include business customers.

"Broadcom's new DOCSIS 3.0 CMTS chipset enables cable operators to cost effectively upgrade their headend equipment to manage faster line speeds for interactive services requiring symmetrical upstream and downstream bandwidth," said Ernie Bahm, Senior Director, CMTS Product Marketing for Broadcom's Broadband Communications Group. "These products, in conjunction with the BCM3380 cable modem solution, provide a complete end-to-end DOCSIS 3.0-based silicon solution with advanced capabilities that enable cable operators to economically and reliably expand their broadband services to support high value interactive applications for both residential and commercial customers."

Broadcom Corp. (Nasdaq: BRCM)

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