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BROADCOM DEBUTS CABLE MODEM CHIP FOR VOICE OVER CABLE MARKET.

Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ:BRCM) has begun production of its newest voice over cable modem system-on-a-chip (SoC). Targeted at the rapidly growing voice over cable market, Broadcom's solution significantly improves system performance while reducing the delivery cost of broadband voice and data services via cable networks. The unprecedented performance, integration and flexibility achieved by Broadcom's new voice over cable modem chip establish a new industry benchmark for primary multi-line voice over cable modem solutions.

"Advancing voice over cable technology and deployment rates is one of the top initiatives of cable operators, as it presents a major revenue growth opportunity," said Steven Craddock, Comcast senior vice president of New Media Development. "The industry is looking for revolutionary products that set new levels of performance and reliability, have the flexibility and capacity to enable emerging applications in the voice over cable space, and that also allow operators to cost effectively deploy voice enabled modems ubiquitously."

Broadcom's new voice over cable modem chip, the BCM3368, incorporates the company's revolutionary new VoIP on Enhanced RISC (VIPER) processor architecture. As a result of its robust computing architecture, the new chip enables a wide range of sophisticated features and services that are either unachievable with today's cable modem solutions or require additional processing technologies that are costly to both develop and manufacture. Leveraging the integration of technologies in the VIPER processor, primary multi-line voice solutions now can be implemented without the costly and complicated dual processor, dual memory architectures used in all prior voice over cable modems. Additionally, the VIPER architecture significantly simplifies the development of VoIP solutions, reduces the development costs of DSP programming and reduces time to market. This level of integration and performance reduces the component count on primary multi-line voice over cable modems by over 20%, and thus leads to more cost-effective solutions and overall improved reliability.

The unprecedented performance of the BCM3368 voice over cable modem SoC offers advanced capabilities for a variety of solutions including PacketCable, Session Initiated Protocol (SIP) and emerging cellular convergence in voice over cable applications. The BCM3368 is the first voice over cable modem to incorporate ICSA Labs certified firewall technology, which prevents malicious hackers from potentially disrupting voice service. Additionally, the BCM3368 delivers full-speed wireless mobility and has the ability to scale with the increased performance demands of emerging wireless, cellular convergence and networking standards.

"With the introduction of the BCM3368, cable operators are now able to cost effectively deploy voice-ready cable modems to every broadband subscriber," said Daniel Marotta, senior vice president & general manager of Broadcom's Broadband Communications Group. "By combining our field-proven experience gained from prior generations of voice over cable silicon and the VIPER architecture, Broadcom will help drive the increased penetration of voice over cable services."

BCM3368 Product Information

The BCM3368 voice over cable modem solution is based on eight generations of cable modem technology, three generations of DOCSIS 2.0 technology and three generations of voice over cable technology. This highly integrated, multi-line voice over cable modem SoC is designed specifically for DOCSIS/Euro-DOCSIS and PacketCable/Euro-PacketCable-compliant customer premises equipment in VoIP cable applications. Delivering over 800 DMIPS of computational power, the integrated VIPER processor provides the highest performance of any cable modem-based product currently available. Additionally, with a VoIP enhanced instruction set, optimized memory architecture and scalable clock rates, the VIPER processor ensures the highest level of performance for both the DOCSIS modem and VoIP functions in the chip.

In addition to its unmatched performance, the VIPER processor is capable of running advanced CableHome and gateway protocols, and enables BCM3368-based systems to support a variety of peripheral interfaces including multi-port Ethernet, USB, Bluetooth, storage devices, subscriber identification module (SIM) cards, and wireless LAN, including next-generation IEEE 802.11n. Broadcom has utilized this rich set of functionality to create a complete suite of reference designs targeting a wide variety of applications to accelerate customer time to market. Reference designs currently shipping to customers include primary multi-line voice over cable modems, wireless voice gateways, and cellular convergence platforms, among others. Included in these reference designs is Broadcom's applications software suite that supports the DOCSIS, PacketCable and CableHome specifications.

Customers have recently notified Broadcom that seven solutions containing the BCM3368 have received PacketCable certifications and are headed for production.

Pricing and Availability

The BCM3368 voice over cable modem SoC is housed in a 426-pin PBGA package. The chip is currently in production and available to customers at a price of $25 each in 100,000 unit quantities.

Broadcom's Broadband Business Group

Broadcom offers manufacturers a range of broadband communications and consumer electronics SoCs that enable voice, video and data services over residential wired and wireless networks. These highly integrated silicon solutions continue to enable the most advanced system solutions on the market, which include digital cable, satellite and IP set-top boxes and media servers, broadband modems and residential gateways, high definition and digital televisions, HD DVD players and personal video recorders.

About Broadcom

Broadcom Corporation is a provider of wired and wireless broadband communications semiconductors. Their products enable the convergence of high-speed data, high definition video, voice and audio at home, in the office and on the go. Broadcom provides manufacturers of computing and networking equipment, digital entertainment and broadband access products, and mobile devices with the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip and software solutions.

Broadcom is one of the world's largest fabless semiconductor companies, with annual revenue of more than $2 billion. The company is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., with offices and research facilities in North America, Asia and Europe.

Broadcom can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.broadcom.com.

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