Broadcom Introduces Industry's Most Integrated Wi-Fi® Router System-on-a-ChipAirForce™ BCM5350 Enables High Performance, Secure and Economical Networking Infrastructure Solutions
IRVINE, Calif., Jun 2, 2004 (PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX) -- Broadcom Corporation , a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor solutions for broadband communications, today announced the industry's most integrated Wi-Fi® router processor, enabling manufacturers to build networking products that address the performance, cost and security needs of small businesses and enterprise branch offices. The new Broadcom® AirForce™ BCM5350 with Sentry5™ technology combines high-performance 54g™ wireless LAN routing, Fast Ethernet switching, accelerated virtual private network (VPN) security, and a MIPS® instruction set processor into a single system-on-a-chip (SoC). This high level of integration eliminates the need for multiple components while delivering the performance and security previously available from devices at up to twice the cost.
"With a large footprint in both the wired and wireless markets, Broadcom is in a leading position to integrate multiple technologies to deliver solutions for a variety of applications," said Bob Wheeler, Senior Analyst from The Linley Group. "Wireless routers with integrated switch capabilities are the next logical step in chip innovation, serving the growing number of cost-conscious businesses that require full-featured routers with the additional benefits of Wi-Fi."
Added Security for Business Networks
Small businesses and branch offices look to leverage the price/performance advantages of consumer networking equipment, but typically require additional security and performance features not found in products on retail shelves. The BCM5350 not only combines Broadcom's proven wired and wireless capabilities with comprehensive security features, but also reduces the size and bill-of-material (BOM) costs for router designs. This allows manufacturers to offer a full-featured solution that addresses the requirements of cost-conscious small businesses.
Routers and gateways based on the new processor can include a variety of security features to ensure strong data protection over wired or wireless connections. The BCM5350 delivers the most advanced wireless LAN security in the industry, with built-in support for Wi-Fi Protected Access™ (WPA), and upgradeability to support the forthcoming WPA2 and IEEE 802.11i specifications. The BCM5350 also features the powerful on-chip VPN co- processor core of Broadcom's popular Sentry5 family, providing hardware-based acceleration of encryption and authentication on virtual private networks and freeing the MIPS32™ processor for other tasks.
The Next Logical Step in Chip Innovation
"Approximately 80 percent of wireless LAN infrastructure hardware sold today includes separate wireless processor and switch components," said Jeff Abramowitz, Senior Director of Marketing of Broadcom's Home & Wireless Networking Business Unit. "By leveraging our extensive portfolio of wired and wireless technologies, Broadcom has become the first company to combine these important capabilities into a single chip. This level of integration enables new standards in performance while enabling increasingly economical wireless networking equipment."
The BCM5350 integrates a high-performance MIPS32 processor with an on-chip memory management unit (MMU), a 32-bit processor bus, a VPN co-processor, an IEEE 802.11g MAC/baseband controller and a 5-port 10/100 Ethernet switch with integrated PHYs. The MIPS32 processor is capable of wire-speed bridging and routing with advanced firewall protection. The integrated Ethernet switch is derived from the sixth generation of Broadcom's popular ROBOswitch™ family, which has shipped over 100 million devices to date.
With built-in wireless LAN capabilities that support IEEE 802.11g and 802.11a/g implementations, the BCM5350 is the latest addition to the AirForce™ family of high performance Wi-Fi solutions. Like all AirForce™ products, the BCM5350 hosts Broadcom's OneDriver™ software, which offers a number of features that deliver superior performance, security and ease-of-use for wireless networks, including:
* SecureEZSetup™ -- An intelligent setup wizard that radically simplifies wireless LAN installation and automates WPA security for 54g™ PCs, adapters, access points and routers.
* Xpress™ Technology -- A standards-based framebursting technique that improves network performance by increasing the efficiency of wireless data transmissions.
* 125 High Speed Mode™ -- A standards-plus technology that provides the industry's best real-world performance without impacting neighboring wireless networks.
* 54g™ Power Amplifier Module support -- A highly integrated hardware module that boosts output power and improves signal quality to increase the range of wireless LAN devices based on 54G™ by up to 50 percent.
The BCM5350 is shipping now and is available in a variety of configurations. The BCM5350 offers full software compatibility with all popular AirForce™ wireless processors including BCM4702, BCM4704, BCM4712, BCM5364, and BCM5365. Pricing is available upon request.
Broadcom's AirForce™ Wireless LAN Product Family
Broadcom's high performance WLAN product line includes 54g™ technology, the world's most popular 54 Mbps Wi-Fi technology. In addition to transceivers that provide IEEE 802.11g and dual-band 802.11a/g solutions, Broadcom integrates wireless network processors, communications technologies and OneDriver™ software solutions into reference designs that speed customer time to market. Broadcom partners are developing 54g™ Wi-Fi client solutions, access points, routers, switches, cable modems, DSL modems, Bluetooth® solutions and GPRS cellular products. Broadcom is also shipping AirForce One™, the world's first single-chip wireless LAN solution that enables Wi-Fi connectivity in pocket-sized mobile devices.
54g™ technology is Broadcom's implementation of the IEEE 802.11g standard, the new mainstream Wi-Fi technology for homes, businesses and public hot spots. 54g™ technology provides the industry's best combination of speed, reach and security, and is compatible with the 100 million 802.11g and 802.11b devices installed to date. 54g™ technology can be found in the leading brands of wireless LAN products and notebook PCs, including Acer, Apple, Belkin, Buffalo, Cisco/Linksys, Dell, Gateway/eMachines, HP/Compaq, Microsoft, Motorola and Netgear.
Broadcom Corporation is a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor solutions that enable broadband communications and networking of voice, video and data services. We design, develop and supply complete system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions incorporating digital, analog, radio frequency (RF), microprocessor and digital signal processing (DSP) technologies, as well as related hardware and software system-level applications. Our diverse product portfolio addresses every major broadband communications market and includes solutions for digital cable and satellite set-top boxes; high definition television (HDTV); cable and digital subscriber line (DSL) modems and residential gateways; high-speed transmission and switching for local, metropolitan, wide area and storage networking; home and wireless networking; cellular and terrestrial wireless communications; Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) gateway and telephony systems; broadband network and security processors; and SystemI/O™ server solutions. These technologies and products support our core mission: Connecting everything®.
Broadcom is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and may be contacted at 1-949-450-8700 or at http://www.broadcom.com/.
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