September 29, 2008

Broadcom Announces New Voice Over IP Digital Signal Processor for Next Generation Multi-Service Access Networks

BRUSSELS, Belgium, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Broadband World Forum 2008 -- Broadcom Corporation , a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced its new high performance voice over IP (VoIP) digital signal processor (DSP) that targets next generation OEM designs of multi-service access nodes (MSANs), IP digital subscriber line access multiplexers (IPDSLAMs) and deep fiber multi- dwelling units (MDU). For telecommunications carriers and broadband service providers that need to modernize and streamline their access networks to provide newer and advanced revenue generating IP-based bundled services to consumers, the new Broadcom(R) VoIP DSP simplifies equipment design and enables IP service convergence, with integrated or unified network management, at a very competitive cost.

At present, the architecture and design of broadband access equipment are evolving into IP-based next generation network (NGN) implementations that support multiple revenue generating services instead of traditional digital subscriber line access multiplexers (DSLAMs) and plain old telephone systems (POTS) in central offices and remote digital loop carrier (DLC) locations. With a clear trend towards fiber deeper into carrier networks, OEMs will increase their offerings of VoIP line cards within their Ethernet-based DSLAM or fiber to the x (FTTX) portfolios, especially in emerging markets where digital subscriber lines and VoIP subscriber lines are deployed almost on a 1-to-1 ratio. The MSAN VoIP market is also growing as carriers deploy more fiber-to-the-node technology while replacing traditional class 5 switches with VoIP-based technologies.

To address this market opportunity, Broadcom has announced the new BCM6515 VoIP DSP that enables carriers and service providers to offer truly low cost and high quality telephone services that can be bundled with high-speed Internet access, IPTV and a host of converged wireless capabilities. The BCM6515 leverages the company's feature-rich VoIP xChange(TM) software that is widely used in enterprise, consumer, cable and carrier OEM products to provide carrier-class VoIP in next generation MSANs.

Leveraging Broadcom's field proven and successful DSP platforms, networking companion chips and easy to integrate management architectures in DSL, the BCM6515 provides a ready-to-use voice access solution that enables OEMs to streamline and reduce the costs of their Ethernet-based MSAN products. With a high density design that provides up to 72 lines of complex voice coding, the BCM6515 will accelerate the mass deployment of telephone services in new markets and replace older technologies in established markets.

"Our carrier access VoIP developments are a natural evolution of the widely used VoIP silicon and software solutions provided by Broadcom in both enterprise and consumer applications," said Greg Fischer, Vice President & General Manager of Broadcom's Carrier Access line of business. "Utilizing our high performance and proven DSP technology, the BCM6515 scales nicely in terms of voice and media processing capabilities, and the fact that our customers can leverage their previous software developments will enable them to extend their product portfolio both at low risk and a lower development cost."

To provide even faster time-to-market for OEM partners, Broadcom also announced today the availability of its BCM96515 high performance voice line termination reference design, which is a joint collaboration between Broadcom and Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. The BCM96515 reference design is based on Broadcom's BCM6515 DSP and BCM5481 Gigabit Ethernet transceiver chip, and Zarlink's VoiceEdge(TM) VE792 next generation carrier chipset (NGCC). The Zarlink VoiceEdge VE792 chipset includes an octal subscriber line audio-processing circuit (SLAC) with an integrated carrier-grade line test toolbox, single channel subscriber line interface circuits (SLIC), and a multi-port voice control processor (VCP) that provides real-time call control functions, as well as carrier-grade line testing (when enabled with Zarlink LineCare(TM) software).

"Broadcom and Zarlink have a long established history of jointly bringing the highest quality voice solutions to market," said Hank Perret, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Communication Products at Zarlink Semiconductor. "This latest joint platform now expands that relationship to carrier markets allowing line card designers to quickly deliver the lowest power consumption, highest density and best performing products with respect to line testing and cyclical redundancy checking within xDSL applications."

Technical Information

Extending Broadcom's leadership within Broadband VoIP, the BCM6515 leverages the company's Firepath(TM) high performance digital signal processor technology to provide high-speed voice coding, voice compression, IP processing, and embedded adaptive jitter buffering with direct uplink network connectivity in combination with Broadcom's low cost BCM5481 Gigabit Ethernet transceiver.

In addition, the BCM6515 features carrier-grade voice capabilities with support for International Telecommunication Union (ITU) standard codecs such as G.711a and u, G.726, G.729a, G.723.1, TR38 fax relay, three-way conferencing and many more narrow band telephony features that enhance quality like echo cancellation, tone detection, packet loss concealment and comfort noise generation. Broadcom also provides OEMs with software support for multiple choices of signaling protocols such as H.248, SIP or MGCP call management and voice line card management.

Availability and Pricing

The BCM6515 VoIP DSP is now sampling to early access customers. Pricing is available upon request.

About Broadcom's Broadband Communications Group

Broadcom offers manufacturers a range of broadband communications and consumer electronics system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions that enable voice, video, data and multimedia 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, Blu-ray Disc(R) players and recorders and personal video recorders and media PC technology.

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(R).

Broadcom is one of the world's largest fabless semiconductor companies, with 2007 revenue of $3.78 billion, and holds over 2,800 U.S. and 1,200 foreign patents, more than 7,300 additional pending patent applications, and one of the broadest intellectual property portfolios addressing both wired and wireless transmission of voice, video, data and multimedia.

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

Cautions regarding Forward Looking Statements:

All statements included or incorporated by reference in this release, other than statements or characterizations of historical fact, are forward- looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, estimates and projections about our industry and business, management's beliefs, and certain assumptions made by us, all of which are subject to change. Forward-looking statements can often be identified by words such as "anticipates,""expects,""intends,""plans,""predicts,""believes,""seeks,""estimates,""may,""will,""should,""would,""could,""potential,""continue,""ongoing," similar expressions, and variations or negatives of these words. Examples of such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to the increased usage of VoIP line cards by OEMS and the ability of the BCM6515 to accelerate the mass deployment of telephone services in new markets and replace older technologies in new markets. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause our actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statement.

Important factors that may cause such a difference for Broadcom in connection with BCM6515 VoIP DSP products include, but are not limited to

-- Trends in the broadband communications markets in various geographic regions, including seasonality in sales of consumer products into which our products are incorporated;

-- The rate at which our present and future customers and end-users adopt Broadcom's technologies and products in the markets for multi-service access network products;

-- Our ability to scale our operations in response to changes in demand for our existing products and services or demand for new products requested by our customers;

-- Our ability to specify, develop or acquire, complete, introduce, market and transition to volume production new products and technologies in a cost- effective and timely manner;

-- Our ability to timely and accurately predict market requirements and evolving industry standards and to identify opportunities in new markets; and

-- Competitive pressures and other factors such as the qualification, availability and pricing of competing products and technologies and the resulting effects on sales and pricing of our products.

Additional factors that may cause Broadcom's actual results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to the list that can be found at

Our Annual Report on Form 10-K, subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, recent Current Reports on Form 8-K, and other Securities and Exchange Commission filings discuss the foregoing risks as well as other important risk factors that could contribute to such differences or otherwise affect our business, results of operations and financial condition. The forward-looking statements in this release speak only as of this date. We undertake no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statement, except as required by law.

Broadcom(R), the pulse logo, Connecting everything(R), the Connecting everything logo, FirePath(TM) and VoIP xChange(TM) are among the trademarks of Broadcom Corporation and/or its affiliates in the United States, certain other countries and/or the EU. Blu-ray Disc(R) is a trademark of Sony Corporation. VoiceEdge(TM) and LineCare(TM) are trademarks of Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. Any other trademarks or trade names mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

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