Broadcom Adds China GPON

To introduce a new family of GPON IAD semiconductors to telecom providers and OEMs in China this year

June 22, 2009

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IRVINE, Calif. -- Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM - News), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced it will introduce a new family of Gigabit passive optical network (GPON) integrated access device (IAD) semiconductors to telecommunications providers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in China this year. The Broadcom® BCM6800 family of GPON gateway processors are designed to enable more cost effective optical network terminals (ONTs) or optical network units (ONUs) used in conjunction with service provider networks. As a result, service providers that deploy Broadcom's BCM6800 family of gateway processors will leverage increased bandwidth for such offerings as high quality triple play services, high definition (HD) video, gaming, wireless and voice over IP (VoIP) supporting Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) and Fiber-to-the-Node (FTTN) applications.

With unparalleled levels of integration and increased throughput performance, Broadcom's GPON products will offer Chinese telecommunications carriers high performance and feature-rich passive optical network (PON) capabilities that are built on years of Broadcom's experience in the Chinese broadband access market.

The GPON specification is based on the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) G.984 GPON recommendation that offers Chinese carriers a global standard for PON deployments, with economies of scale built on interoperability and driven by deployments around the world. GPON further offers network timing that is compatible with existing time division multiplexing (TDM) voice networks in carrier infrastructures that allows carriers to transition existing TDM traffic to a more cost effective network, resulting in a greater revenue return on legacy services with corresponding declines in operating costs.

"Broadcom is pleased to provide our Chinese customers with a reliable and cost effective, stable, long term source of GPON silicon," said Greg Fischer, Vice President & General Manager of Broadcom's Carrier Access line of business. "Our presence and commitment to the carrier market in China is well established with leadership in DSL, Ethernet and wireless LAN products. The global GPON standard provides next generation FTTH and FTTN opportunities for China and we look forward to extending our leading access technologies and investments in this area."

The Broadcom BCM6800 family of GPON solutions are comprised of Fiber-to-the-X (FTTX) products spanning Gigabit bridges through full IAD capabilities. When used with Broadcom's leading ADSL2+, VDSL2 and Gigabit Ethernet products, they comprise a complete FTTN or Fiber-to-the-Building (FTTB) portfolio for remote nodes and multi-dwelling units.

Broadcom will begin production of these GPON devices later this year and is actively supporting customer designs today.

Broadcom Corp. (Nasdaq: BRCM)

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