Broadcom ramps production on first member of MetroSwitch product family, serving to clear bottlenecks in MANs

February 25, 2002

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IRVINE, Calif. -- Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), the leading provider of integrated circuits enabling broadband communications, today announced that it is shipping in volume the first member of its MetroSwitch product family, the Broadcom BCM5632, a twelve Gigabit Ethernet plus one 10-Gigabit Ethernet switch processor for Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) optical access, corporate enterprise and service provider applications. These advanced products are used in networking equipment to link MANs and large corporate centers and reduce bottlenecks in the system. With its low power consumption and competitive price, the BCM5632 MetroSwitch chip provides equipment manufacturers with a cost-effective solution that improves network performance.

Broadcom plans to introduce a suite of MetroSwitch devices this year that will provide all of the silicon building blocks necessary for scalable, cost-effective Gigabit Ethernet and 10-Gigabit Ethernet switch designs and routers to support advanced packet-based services over MANs. The family of chips will leverage Broadcom's unique expertise in high-speed CMOS physical layer and advanced packet classification and switching technologies, and will incorporate industry standard-compliant interfaces that interoperate with customer ASICs (application specific integrated circuits). Using an advanced system architecture, the MetroSwitch product offering will also provide per user class-of-service (CoS) bandwidth and support advanced switching capabilities unique to MAN requirements.

"We are extremely pleased by the wide adoption of our chip and anticipate that several large customers will announce new products using the BCM5632 over the next few months," said Marty Colombatto, Vice President and General Manager of Broadcom's Networking Business Unit. "Our MetroSwitch products are designed to provide customers with a flexible design solution at the best possible price performance, which, in turn, will make it more economical to deploy high-density Gigabit Ethernet and 10-Gigabit Ethernet in both metropolitan area networks and large corporations worldwide."

Broadcom Corp.

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