Gigabit Ethernet Switches target SMBs.

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Integrating 32-bit MIPS® processor, ROBOSwitch(TM) GbE BCM53700 Series eliminates need for external CPU. Switches include built-in Gigabit serializer/deserializer and media access controllers ranging from 16-50 ports. WebSuperSmart(TM) network configuration software facilitates set-up and management and enables automatic security, QoS, and VoIP services. Switches support Jumbo frames to maximize packet throughput, and include embedded security filter processor for security management.

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Broadcom's New Family of Gigabit Ethernet Switches Delivers Increased Intelligence and Ease of Use for Small-to-Medium Business Networks

New ROBOSwitch(TM) Family Utilizes Embedded MIPS(R) Processor and WebSuperSmart(TM) Software to Automate Network Set-up

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 13 /- Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ:BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced a new family of Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switches, which enable intelligent, reliable networks for small-to-medium- sized businesses through a combination of unprecedented hardware integration and easy to use software. Members of the new family of Broadcom(R) ROBOSwitch(TM) devices range from 16 to 50 GbE ports and are the first in the industry to integrate a high performance MIPS(R) processor. The family utilizes WebSuperSmart(TM) network configuration software, which enables easy set up and management of the switch.

Small businesses typically do not have an IT staff and demand network equipment with a simple configuration process that requires little or no regular maintenance. Furthermore, equipment must be cost effective, but not at the expense of network quality and security.

The new Broadcom ROBOSwitch GbE family (BCM53700 Series) features an integrated MIPS processor, which reduces overall system cost, and WebSuperSmart software, an easy to use, web-based network configuration tool. The integrated MIPS processor reduces the system chip count and overall power consumption by eliminating the need for an external CPU to run software and manage compute-intensive tasks. WebSuperSmart software enables automatic security, quality of service (QoS), and Voice-over-IP (VoIP) services. Most importantly, the BCM53700 family with WebSuperSmart software simplifies network management so that a person without any prior networking experience can configure and make changes to the network.

"Broadcom's new ROBOSwitch family will enable our customers to develop powerful switches for the SMB market with more advanced features that are easier to use than ever before," said Hanh Nguyen, Director of Marketing for Broadcom's SMB network switching line of business. "The high level of hardware integration that includes up to 50 GbE ports and on-chip MIPS processing, enables Broadcom to deliver a feature-rich solution that is effortless to set up, but keeps system costs at an affordable level."

BCM53700 Series Features and Benefits
The key features of the new ROBOSwitch family include:

o Integrated 32-bit high performance MIPS processor that operates WebSuperSmart software and manages compute-intensive instructions, eliminating the need for an external CPU
o Built-in Gigabit serializer/deserializer (SerDes) and media access controllers (MACs) ranging from 16 to 50 ports
o Support for Jumbo frames maximizes packet throughput
o Enhanced security management provided by embedded security filter processor
o Network performance and advanced QoS ensures priority treatment for applications such as voice, streaming media or video conferencing
o Enhanced feature set including additional security rules, increased number of trunk groups, double tagging and multiple spanning tree protocol available in BCM53714S and BCM53718S devices
o Common hardware/software architecture for 16-, 24-, and 48-port GbE designs and two Gigabit uplinks enable faster time-to-market

The new Broadcom ROBOSwitch BCM53700 family is now available in sample quantities and production is expected by the end of the fourth quarter of 2006. Each member of the family is available with integrated MIPS CPU and optional WebSuperSmart software. The family includes the following device configurations:

BCM53716: 16 GbE ports
BCM53714: 24 GbE ports
BCM53714S: 24 GbE ports 2 Gigabit uplinks and enhanced feature set
BCM53718: 48 GbE ports
BCM53718S: 48 GbE ports with 2 Gigabit uplinks and enhanced feature set

Product pricing is available upon request.

About Broadcom
Broadcom Corporation is a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications. Our products enable the delivery of voice, video, data and multimedia to and throughout the home, the office and the mobile environment. Broadcom provides the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip and software solutions to manufacturers of computing and networking equipment, digital entertainment and broadband access products, and mobile devices. These solutions support our core mission: Connecting everything(R).

Broadcom, one of the world's largest fabless semiconductor companies with 2005 revenue of $2.67 billion, is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and has offices and research facilities in North America, Asia and Europe. Broadcom may be contacted at 1-949-926-5000 or at

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CONTACT: Broadcom Technical, Hanh +Nguyen, Marketing Director, SMB Switch, +1-408-501-8200,, all of Broadcom Corporation

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