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CABLE MODEMS W/ BROADCOM IC RECEIVE DOCSIS 1.1 CERTIFICATION.

Three customers of Broadcom Corporation, a provider of integrated circuits enabling broadband communications, have received certification from CableLabs for their Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) 1.1 high-speed cable modems that use Broadcom integrated circuits (ICs). These vendors submitted products incorporating the Broadcom BCM3350 cable modem gateway chip, the BCM3345 high-performance, single-chip cable modem and the BCM3415 digital cable tuner chip, to gain DOCSIS 1.1 certification. Broadcom's DOCSIS 1.1 headend chips are also used in the two cable modem termination systems (CMTS) that received DOCSIS 1.1 qualification in September 2001.

Broadcom is the largest supplier of cable modem silicon, having shipped to date in excess of 25 million cable modem chips used throughout the world in DOCSIS and EuroDOCSIS systems. The BCM3350 chip was used in nearly two-thirds of the DOCSIS cable modems deployed worldwide last year. The BCM3350 and BCM3345 are the only single-chip solutions in cable modems that are DOCSIS 1.1 certified. Also part of this recent cable modem certification wave was the BCM3415 all-CMOS silicon tuner technology that allows modem manufacturers to build the most cost-effective cable modems available today.

"DOCSIS 1.1 qualification is a major step in providing advanced IP services that cable operators would like to carry over their broadband networks," said Dr. Richard R. Green, president and CEO of CableLabs. "We appreciate Broadcom's continued support of our efforts."

Under CableLabs' leadership, DOCSIS 1.1 is becoming the worldwide standard for cable broadband connectivity, ensuring the interoperability of multiple vendors' cable modem solutions. The recently certified modems are compatible with existing DOCSIS 1.0 equipment. The original DOCSIS 1.0 open specification enabled cable operators to support the two-way transfer of IP traffic on a single cable network. DOCSIS 1.1 expands the DOCSIS 1.0 standard to include Quality of Service (QoS) and other capabilities that enable voice-over-IP (VoIP) telephony, streaming media and layered data services.

"Broadcom has the most DOCSIS 1.1-approved customers in the industry, and our end-to-end product offering is enabling the rollout of broadband services," said Tim Lindenfelser, vice president and general manager of Broadcom's Broadband Communications Business Unit. "With the recent certification of cable modems using our cable modem chips, cable operators will now have a DOCSIS 1.1 upgrade path with assured interoperability necessary for existing and future Broadcom-based modems."

CableLabs, based in Louisville, Colo., is a research and development consortium for cable system operators around the world. The group funds R&D projects to help cable companies, and also serves as a clearinghouse of information on cable-related technology.

About Broadcom

Broadcom Corporation is a provider of highly integrated silicon solutions that enable broadband communications and networking of voice, video and data services. Using proprietary technologies and advanced design methodologies, Broadcom designs, develops and supplies complete system-on-a-chip solutions and related applications for digital cable set-top boxes and cable modems, high-speed local, metropolitan and wide area and optical networks, home networking, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), carrier access, residential broadband gateways, direct broadcast satellite and terrestrial digital broadcast, digital subscriber lines (xDSL), wireless communications, SystemI/O server solutions and network processing. Broadcom is headquartered in Irvine, Calif..

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

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