Broadcom's New International Cable Set-Top Box SoC Solutions Drive Compelling High Definition TV and Advanced Connectivity

Integrated Dual 866MHz Cable Tuners, DOCSIS(R)/EuroDOCSIS(TM) and MoCA(R) 1.1 Technology Enable IP Video and Multi-Room High Definition DVR TV Services

AMSTERDAM, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IBC 2009 -- Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced new single-chip, multi-format high definition (HD) DOCSIS(R) 2.0/EuroDOCSIS(TM) 2.0 (Euro/DOCSIS 2.0) compatible set-top box (STB) system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions that enable manufacturers to develop advanced, high performance and cost effective HD STBs for worldwide deployments. With an unsurpassed level of integration, cable service providers can offer the latest in interactive HDTV programming, connectivity and advanced user interface applications to their subscribers, while meeting stringent global power consumption and system performance requirements.

With industry leading host processor performance, 3D graphics, dual integrated 866MHz cable tuners and integrated Euro/DOCSIS 2.0 compatible modems with 3.0 channel bonding over 4 downstream channels, the company introduces its new Broadcom(R) BCM7019 and BCM7025 cable STB SoC solutions at IBC 2009 in Amsterdam. These solutions include software support for new compelling subscriber applications that use Multimedia Home Platform (MHP), Open TV, NDS CDI, SeaChange(R) TV Navigator, Adobe(R) Flash(R) Platform for the Digital Home, Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA(R)), RVU Remote User Interface (RUI), and PacketCable(R) voice over IP (VoIP). This unique and flexible software platform enables appealing interactive digital television, networked digital video recorder (DVR) functionality and IP video over Euro/DOCSIS applications.

For additional functionality, the BCM7025 cable STB SoC includes an integrated Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA(R)) 1.1 interface that enables service providers to offer innovative whole-home digital media distribution services over coax, which in turn, enables subscribers to securely access, store and share a wide array of digital media content including HDTV programs, video-on-demand (VoD), DVR recordings, Internet content, video, music, photos and VoIP. Both the BCM7019 and BCM7025 cable STB SoC solutions support DLNA that facilitates the easy sharing of digital content between DLNA-enabled devices throughout the home, and RVU Alliance's pixel accurate RUI technology that allows an identical user experience on multiple devices.

Building upon the company's field proven and successful family of set-top box solutions for cable, satellite and IP applications, Broadcom's latest STB technology features integrated dynamic power management controllers that provide a very efficient power management system, capable of managing and shutting down unused system components in real-time. Even in the lowest power modes, the BCM7019 and BCM7025 can continue to remain aware of network events both in the home and from multiple service operators (MSO) head ends, enabling these SoCs to quickly respond to network and user inputs. Both chips offer support for Energy Star(R) and are European Code of Conduct compliant.

"We continue to set the benchmark in integration, performance and connectivity in the home, enabling advanced services such as interactivity, 3D user interfaces and multi-room DVR capabilities using MoCA 1.1 technology that greatly enhances the cable TV entertainment experience," said Dan Marotta, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Broadcom's Broadband Communications Group. "With unprecedented levels of integration, including an integrated DOCSIS/EuroDOCSIS 2.0 modem, we continue to significantly reduce power and overall system cost to efficiently deliver advanced and high quality HD digital programming that changes the way consumers interact and share content in the home."

Technical Information

Designed in a 65 nanometer CMOS process, the BCM7019 and BCM7025 cable STB SoC solutions offer extremely high levels of integration and performance that enables worldwide service providers to offer the latest in connectivity and advanced applications to their subscribers while significantly reducing power requirements, complexity and overall bill of materials (BOM) cost. They offer similar feature sets with the BCM7025 including a MoCA 1.1 modem enabling whole-home digital media distribution services over coax.

Compatible with existing Euro/DOCSIS 2.0 and next generation cable modem termination system (CMTS) equipment, the BCM7019 and BCM7025 cable STB SoC solutions deliver downstream data rates of up to 200 Megabits per second (Mbps), enabling MSOs to deploy downstream channel bonding functionality immediately, without delays or costly upgrades to their CMTS infrastructures. Channel bonding is often cited as the most significant feature of next generation Euro/DOCSIS 3.0 products, since it is able to combine the bandwidth of several DOCSIS channels to significantly increase data rates. Downstream channel bonding is the first of these next generation features to be deployed on a large scale, and with Broadcom supporting downstream channel bonding since 2006, it continues to be the leading supplier of channel bonded cable modem silicon.

Availability and Pricing

The Broadcom BCM7019 and BCM7025 cable set-top box SoC solutions are now sampling to early access customers. Pricing is available upon request.

MoCA Background

MoCA technology enables the distribution of high quality digital multimedia content throughout the home using existing coaxial cable simultaneously with content provider services. With a content service provider's media center managing the digital rights, MoCA streams and distributes the content to multiple thin media clients in the home. MoCA has emerged as a popular method for in-home multimedia distribution among cable, satellite and telecommunication service providers in the U.S. and is gaining recognition as a reliable and cost effective solution for international adoption.

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 2008 revenue of $4.66 billion, and holds over 3,450 U.S. and over 1,350 foreign patents, more than 7,350 additional pending patent applications, and one of the broadest intellectual property portfolios addressing both wired and wireless transmission of voice, video, data and multimedia.

A FORTUNE 500(R) company, 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 www.broadcom.com.

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 growth in number of global households with in-home provider network nodes that use protocols over coax and the growing demand for whole-home DVR services. 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 BCM7019 and BCM7025 high definition cable set-top box SoC solutions include, but are not limited to

    --  the rate at which our present and future customers and end-users adopt
        Broadcom's technologies and products in the markets for next generation
        set-top box applications;
    --  delays in the adoption and acceptance of industry standards in those
        markets;
    --  general economic and political conditions and specific conditions in the
        markets we address, including the volatility in the technology sector
        and semiconductor industry, trends in the broadband communications
        markets in various geographic regions, including seasonality in sales of
        consumer products into which our  products  are  incorporated,  and  possible
                disruption  in  commercial  activities  related  to  terrorist  activity  or
                armed  conflict  in  the  United  States  and  other  locations;
        --    the  timing  of  customer-industry  qualification  and  certification  of  our
                products  and  the  risks  of  non-qualification  or  non-certification;  and
        --    the  timing,  rescheduling  or  cancellation  of  significant  customer  orders
                and  our  ability,  as  well  as  the  ability  of  our  customers,  to  manage
                inventory.
 

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