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Broadcom Introduces GPS-enabled Device for Satellite Outdoor Units

IRVINE, Calif. -- Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today announced the industry's first GPS-enabled satellite outdoor unit (ODU) device. The solution combines Broadcom's BCM4551 satellite TV device with its BCM4771 GPS receiver, enabling operators to better track the location of subscriber equipment and pinpoint subscriber's service issues in the home. Broadcom will demonstrate the new solution at the International CES show, January 6-9, 2015. Visit www.broadcom.com to learn more.

Broadcom's new satellite solution resides in the low-noise block (LNB) of a subscribers' satellite dish, enabling operators to better position dish installations and reduce metering equipment costs and truck rolls. Combining GPS-enabled ODU technology with a set-top box (STB), operators can quickly locate and validate a subscriber's home location.

GPS technology within the LNB also allows operators to geo-lock content to subscribers. Content geo-locking uses a subscriber's location to deliver video content specific to the subscriber's service address. This ensures the delivery of personalized services and prevents costly theft of service for operators. Previously, content geo-locking was only available through a costly external device attached to subscriber's set-top box; today's introduction from Broadcom offers best-in-class capabilities at an incremental cost for operators.

Broadcom Corp. (Nasdaq: BRCM)

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