Transceiver supports 10GBASE-KR backplane applications.

Press Release Summary:

Based on 10 GbE serial PHY technology, Model BCM8071 serial 10GBASE-KR to XAUI backplane transceiver supports IEEE 802.3ap standard for backplane systems, and suits high bandwidth applications. It incorporates digital receive equalizer that supports legacy systems running at 1 GBps or XAUI(TM) data rates and allows to perform signal recovery. Designed in low power, 90 nm CMOS process, DSP-based unit is available in 13 x 13 mm FBGA, RoHS-compliant package.

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Broadcom Announces the Industry's First 10 Gigabit Ethernet Serial Transceiver Supporting 10GBASE-KR Backplane Applications

LAS VEGAS, Interop 2007, May 22 / -- Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ:BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced the industry's first 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) serial transceiver in support of the new IEEE 10GBASE-KR standard for running 10Gbps (Gigabits per second) serial data over backplane systems. The new serial transceiver incorporates a sophisticated receive equalizer that extends the life of today's legacy systems running at 1Gbps or XAUI(TM) data rates by providing significant bandwidth improvements on each channel. Additionally, today's announcement further extends the comprehensive Broadcom® portfolio of field proven and complete end-to-end 10GbE solutions featuring switching products, transceivers and controllers.

Today's blade servers and advanced telecom computing architecture (ATCA) equipment are self-contained, modularly designed computing systems that typically use a chassis, common backplane and Ethernet connectivity to transfer voice, video and data within the system. However, these computing systems can only support single-channel, low bandwidth capabilities (using 1000BASE-X or 1000BASE-KX standards), or four-channel, low bandwidth per channel capabilities (using the 10GBASE-KX4 standard). With today's higher bandwidth applications (such as virtualization, security and encryption, and multimedia), as well as a need to preserve today's legacy systems running at 1Gbps or XAUI data rates, 10Gbps data must now be driven across the backplane. Broadcom is the first silicon vendor to address this market requirement with its new serial transceiver that supports the new IEEE 802.3ap standard (10GBASE-KR) for backplane systems.

Announced today is the Broadcom BCM8071 serial 10GBASE-KR to XAUI backplane transceiver that builds upon five generations of field proven 10GbE serial PHY technology. Designed in a low power, 90 nanometer CMOS process, the BCM8071 will be demonstrated at this week's Interop 2007 conference and features an all DSP-based 10GbE transceiver that provides enterprise data centers with higher bandwidth and performance, as well as significant savings in cost, resources and manpower when upgrading to 10GbE links. While preserving the existing infrastructure to run these higher bandwidth applications, the BCM8071's sophisticated digital receiver equalizes impairments and maintains low bit error rate performance across existing backplanes.

"As blade servers and ATCA equipment enable high computational processing in the data center, the need for high-speed connectivity becomes a critical element as well," said Lorenzo Longo, Senior Director and General Manager for Broadcom's High-Speed Interconnect Products line of business. "Our new BCM8071 PHY not only supports the IEEE backplane requirements and existing customer backplanes, but also performs signal recovery using advanced digital equalizer technology that results in significant performance advantages when compared to analog solutions."

"Broadcom continues to be one of the leading producers of 10GbE network infrastructure solutions with a complete portfolio that is currently available," said Jag Bolario, Senior Analyst for The Linley Group. "We expect Broadcom to develop leading 10GbE products for high bandwidth applications, which, in turn, are expected to grow significantly over the next few years."

Broadcom's DSP and Equalizer Technologies

Broadcom changed the industry a few years ago by being the first company to ship PHYs based entirely on DSP technology in high volume. Today, all 10/100/1000 Megabit per second (Mbps) PHYs in the market are DSP-based, and Broadcom's new 10GbE DSP equalizer will help to enable the rapid growth in data-intensive applications in next generation designs. The BCM8071's sophisticated equalizer provides 4x or 10x bandwidth improvements on each channel to extend the life of any system currently running 1G or XAUI data rates. An on-chip microcontroller provides IT users with flexibility and ease of use by automatically adjusting the equalizer parameters based on the performance of each backplane channel.

Broadcom's Gigabit Ethernet networking product portfolio includes switching products, transceivers, security processors and controllers for servers, workstations, desktops and mobile PCs, providing the industry's most comprehensive portfolio of Gigabit Ethernet solutions. The company's extensive variety of GbE solutions are the most widely deployed and field proven in the industry.

Availability and Pricing

The Broadcom BCM8071 serial 10GBASE-KR to XAUI backplane transceiver has been sampling to customers since the first quarter of 2007 and is available in a 13mm x 13mm FBGA, RoHS-compliant package. Pricing is available upon request.

About Broadcom

Broadcom Corporation is a major technology innovator and global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom products enable the delivery of voice, video, data and multimedia to and throughout the home, the office and the mobile environment. We provide 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®.

Broadcom is one of the world's largest fabless semiconductor companies, with 2006 revenue of $3.67 billion, and holds over 2,000 U.S. and 800 foreign patents, more than 6,000 additional pending patent applications, and one of the broadest intellectual property portfolios addressing both wired and wireless transmission of voice, video and data.

Broadcom 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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