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Broadcom Intros 10-GigE C-NIC

IRVINE, Calif. -- Broadcom Corporation
(Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless
communications, today announced the industry's first true single-chip,
dual-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) converged network interface controller
(C-NIC) specifically developed for high volume server designs. Leveraging two
field proven generations of Broadcom(R) NetXtreme(R) II Gigabit Ethernet (GbE)
C-NICs, today's introduction marks an important milestone for Broadcom --
successfully delivering the industry's first fully functional, single-chip
C-NIC at 10Gbps (Gigabits per second) rates, with no external memory required.
This new device completes the company's portfolio of 10GbE end-to-end
solutions featuring market leading C-NICs, switches and physical layer devices
(PHYs), enabling OEM partners to enhance next generation servers with a
complete portfolio of 10GbE network infrastructure solutions from Broadcom.

In today's enterprise network, a standard server equipped with current
Ethernet controller silicon is typically limited to 1Gbps rates. Moving to
support a 10 times speed improvement to 10 Gbps rates would require additional
support from the host CPU to process the data. This causes significant
increase in the amount of processing power CPU would have to dedicate to
communication versus its primary duty of running applications.

To address this challenge, Broadcom's new 10GbE C-NIC enables simultaneous
processing of network, storage, processor clustering and management traffic on
chip while enabling convergence of different traffic types over a single
Ethernet fabric. By supporting Microsoft's Windows TCP chimney engine, iSCSI
block storage and remote direct memory access (RDMA), the new C-NIC enables
network protocol processing on-chip, thereby saving the server's CPU and
memory I/O resources to perform their primary tasks - running applications.
As a result, IT professionals can simplify their network designs by providing
network, storage, clustering and management capabilities over existing and
familiar TCP/IP and Ethernet infrastructures while boosting server performance
through added network bandwidth and improvements in CPU utilization.

"Enterprise connectivity today is ready for a speed upgrade as the number
of GbE ports required to support the server's bandwidth need has increased
beyond 4GbE, driven by virtualization and I/O intensive applications running
on multi-core CPUs. The market is now ready to adopt 10GbE as the next
plateau for industry standard server connectivity with blade servers leading
the transition," said Greg Young, Vice President and General Manager of
Broadcom's High-Speed Controller line of business. "The increased bandwidth
(to 10GbE) also provides an opportunity to converge disparate networking
fabrics (data, storage, management, and processor clustering) by providing
sufficient bandwidth for all traffic types. It is expected that most server
OEMs will migrate to 10GbE as the new baseline for connectivity."

Broadcom Corp.