Broadcom Launches 802.11n

Broadcom expands its network switching portfolio with an end-to-end solution for businesses deploying 802.11n WiFi networks

April 23, 2008

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IRVINE, Calif. -- Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today expanded its network switching portfolio with an end-to-end solution for businesses deploying 802.11n Wi-Fi® networks. The new solution combines Broadcom’s industry leading Intensi-fi® silicon with its proven FASTPATH® networking software, which extends the business-critical features from the company’s popular StrataXGS® enterprise switches. As a result, enterprise Wi-Fi access points can deliver superior performance and scalability across a customer’s entire network. This integrated platform provides significant cost and time-to-market advantages for manufacturers compared to other silicon solutions that do not include the software features that IT managers require.

“Broadcom is building on the great success we have achieved with consumer 802.11n solutions to serve the untapped enterprise wireless market,” said Michael Hurlston, Vice President and General Manager of Broadcom’s Wireless LAN line of business. “By marrying the industry’s leading WLAN solutions with proven switch hardware and software, Broadcom is well-positioned to pursue the $2.3 billion enterprise wireless market with an end-to-end solution[i].”

Announced today are the Broadcom® BCM4342 single-chip 802.11n solution and BCM954342EAP enterprise access point reference design. The new solutions leverage FASTPATH Unified Access Point software to deliver the features that IT managers require across their wireless networks including robust security, quality of service (QoS), dynamic channel planning, and support for multiple basic service set identifiers (BSSIDs). The flexible design can be used for standalone access points, as well as for “thin” access points that are managed by a wireless switch or controller running Broadcom’s FASTPATH Unified Wireless Switching software. This end-to-end platform provides centralized RF management, seamless mobility and wireless threat detection and prevention across the entire network. FASTPATH UAP eliminates the need for third-party software or in-house development, which can shave months off a manufacturer’s development time.

“Mobility in the corporate work environment is a necessity and today’s mobile workforce has come to expect wireless connectivity anywhere and at any time,” said Martin Lund, Vice President and General Manager of Broadcom’s Network Switching line of business. “Enterprise customers demand more reliable, secure and manageable networks than what’s needed in the consumer market. Given Broadcom’s switching and WLAN expertise, combined with our networking software, our platform can meet these demands and unleash the power of 802.11n in business networks.”

Broadcom Corp. (Nasdaq: BRCM)

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