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Broadcom's Intensi-fi Router And Client Reference Designs Selected For The Wi-Fi Certified(Tm) N Test Bed And Among First To Obtain Certification

IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ:BRCM) , a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced that its Intensi-fi router and client reference designs are among the first products to obtain Wi-Fi Certified(TM) n designation from Wi-Fi Alliance, based on the newly ratified IEEE 802.11n standard. Wi-Fi certification signifies that Broadcom's solutions have been demonstrated to interoperate with Wi-Fi Certified n products. The Wi-Fi Alliance has also selected the Broadcom BCM94718 and BCM943224 dual band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) router and client reference designs to be part of its Wi-Fi Certified n test bed, a set of products against which other 802.11n products are tested to guarantee interoperability.

Prior to the IEEE's recent ratification of the final 802.11n specification, the Wi-Fi Alliance tested products against draft 2.0 of the standard, providing consumers confidence that their new high speed WLAN purchases would interoperate with one another and with legacy 802.11a, 802.11b and 802.11g devices. Under this program, more than 700 products have been certified to date. Now that the 802.11n standard has been ratified, the Wi-Fi Alliance has updated its 802.11n certification program so that 'draft-certified' devices are now considered compliant to the final 11n specification. To guarantee compatibility in an increasingly diverse Wi-Fi environment, the new program also tests a variety of optional features and modes that vendors are implementing for specific applications.

"Now that the standard has been ratified, and the final certification is in place, we expect that 802.11n deployments will grow significantly across all segments, and Broadcom is in an ideal position to lead the industry and drive the transition to the new Wi-Fi standard," said Rahul Patel, Sr. Director of Broadcom's WLAN Connectivity Business. "Our Intensi-fi platform has emerged as the industry's premier 802.11n technology, delivering superior performance at a lower cost, while enabling whole-home distribution of multimedia content."

802.11n is poised to be the key growth driver of the WLAN market because it offers much greater performance than legacy Wi-Fi technologies. This enables wireless devices to support the new applications that consumers want such as distributing video throughout their homes and accessing multimedia content on handheld devices. As 802.11n enables further diversification in the universe of Wi-Fi products, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n testing helps to reduce buyer confusion and signifies interoperability between devices, which ensures that the market will continue to grow.

"We congratulate Broadcom on being selected for the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n test bed," said Edgar Figueroa, Executive Director of the Wi-Fi Alliance. "Broadcom's participation in the development of this program has been instrumental in the achievement of industry-wide certification for next generation Wi-Fi products."

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