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BROADCOM SHIPS 250,000TH VDSL CHIP FOR VOICE/DATA/VIDEO.

Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ:BRCM), Irvine, Calif., a provider of integrated circuits enabling broadband communications to and throughout the home and business, has shipped its 250,000th Very High Bit-Rate Digital Subscriber Line (VDSL) transceiver chip. VDSL technology provides local exchange carriers (LECs) and enterprise networking vendors with the highest performance solution for delivering bundled services, such as digital video, high-speed Internet access, video teleconferencing, and IP data business services, over existing copper telephone lines. Strong demand in three key markets -- residential, enterprise and multiple dwelling units (MDUs) -- is driving these shipments.

Announced in June, 1999, the Broadcom(R) BCM6020 Scalable DSL Transceiver, is a rate-adaptable solution that supports Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) and VDSL data rates ranging from 0 to 52 Megabits per seconds (Mbps) in either asymmetric or fully symmetric modes. Compliant with both the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) draft VDSL specifications, Broadcom's VDSL solutions incorporate features that provide manufacturers with a robust solution for delivering broadband services to businesses and homes.

Cahners In-Stat Group expects that the number of video-over-DSL subscribers will grow by more than 200 percent per year over the next five years.

"The adoption of ADSL is being driven by PC owners wanting faster Internet access" said Dr. Henry T. Nicholas III, President and CEO of Broadcom. "VDSL, by running five to ten times faster than ADSL, now lets anyone with a phone and a TV receive high-quality digital video and voice services, as well as high-speed Internet access."

Telephone service is already available to 100 percent of the U.S. population and one-third of these lines are already connected to digital loop carrier (DLC) equipment. In response to increasing demand for DSL, telephone companies (telcos) are making extensive fiber upgrades to their DLC plants to support multi-line voice and next-generation services. As fiber continues to push closer to the subscriber, the number of homes passed with video-over-DSL services is expected in increase from 6 million today to over 70 million by 2005, according to recent reports from the FCC and Cahners In-Stat Group. The applications for VDSL in the residential segment include personalized digital video, unified messaging, e-commerce, telecommuting and multi-player gaming.

The Yankee Group reports that over 20 million people live in U.S. MDUs and owners of these MDUs want to provide broadband services to attract and keep tenants. Since VDSL can be installed using existing telephone wiring, no infrastructure upgrades are required. Worldwide, the total available market for broadband access in the hospitality segment is estimated to be 10 million rooms and these services will be offered to attract and retain customers, derive additional revenue streams and provide enhanced security. VDSL is now being used to transport Ethernet traffic within campus areas on low-grade telephone wiring, important in establishing high-speed connectivity within business enterprises, universities and hospitals.

"By employing Broadcom's VDSL technology today, telcos will have a long-term, cost-effective solution for the delivery of high-quality interactive voice, video and data services on an integrated platform," said Nicholas. "And going forward, Broadcom's VDSL product will continue to focus on the requirements for higher port density and lower power in the access equipment, and increased integration and functionality in the customer premises equipment," he continued. "These chipsets will further drive the economics of VDSL fiber-to-the-node deployment to mass-market levels."

About Broadcom

Broadcom Corporation is the leading provider of highly integrated silicon solutions that enable broadband digital transmission of voice, data and video content to and throughout the home and within the business enterprise. Using proprietary technologies and advanced design methodologies, the company designs, develops and supplies integrated circuits for a number of the most significant broadband communications markets, including the markets for cable set-top boxes, cable modems, high-speed office networks, home networking, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), residential broadband gateways, direct broadcast satellite and terrestrial digital broadcast, and digital subscriber line (xDSL).

Broadcom is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and may be contacted at 949-450-8700 or at http://www.broadcom.com.
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