Broadcom Intros Transceiver

Broadcom introduced a 10-Gbit/s Ethernet physical layer (PHY) device that exceeds the stringent IEEE requirements for LANs and WANs

March 6, 2006

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today introduced a 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) physical layer (PHY) device that exceeds the stringent IEEE requirements for local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs) while providing the industry's lowest power solution. This new PHY chip further expands Broadcom's industry leading Ethernet networking platform by enabling 10GbE data to be transported over an existing synchronous optical network (SONET)/ synchronous digital hierarchy (SDH) backbone, resulting in tremendous efficiencies in power, cost and board or module-level real estate. This enables customers to prioritize traffic over both LAN and WAN fibre links by supporting the Broadcom(R) StrataXGS(R) III service aware flow control (SAFC) protocol at the physical layer -- which too is an industry first.

The 10GbE market has a healthy growth outlook as outlined by Dell'Oro market research, which predicts that 10GbE port shipments will grow from 854,000 ports in 2006 to 1.87 million ports in 2007. The growth is driven by the demand for an increase in bandwidth fueled by the convergence of voice, data, and video. The variety of data types and large number of ports also mean that networks are increasingly looking for the flexibility to interface not only to the LAN but also to a SONET/SDH backbone as a means to provide higher speed interconnections between locations in different cities or metropolitan areas.

"As SONET/SDH remains the foundation for high-speed network connectivity, Broadcom has steadily built up its product portfolio to provide PHY interface support from 10GbE LAN to SONET/SDH networks," said Jag Bolaria, Senior Analyst of the Linley Group. "With Broadcom's leadership in the Ethernet and SONET space, coupled with its system level expertise, its new low power 10GbE LAN/WAN PHY should gain good customer traction."

Broadcom Corp. (Nasdaq: BRCM)

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