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Broadcom’s New Combo Chip Integrates 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 + HS and FM to Bring New Multimedia Applications to Smartphones, Tablets and Other Mobile Devices

BARCELONA, Spain Feb. 14, 2011 — Mobile World Congress —

By implementing emerging standards in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, the BCM4330 will support new and exciting applications. For example, Broadcom’s BCM4330 is the industry’s first combo chip solution certified with the Bluetooth 4.0 standard that integrates Bluetooth low energy (BLE). BLE enables an ultra-low power implementation of Bluetooth technology, making the BCM4330 the ideal solution for systems that require very long battery life such as wireless sensors, medical and fitness monitoring devices. The BCM4330 also supports Wi-Fi Direct™ and Bluetooth High Speed which enable mobile devices to communicate directly with each other without having to connect first to an access point and be part of a traditional network, thus creating many new wireless device-to-device applications and usage models.

Broadcom continues to support every major operating system (OS) platform, from Microsoft Windows and Windows Phone to Google Chrome, Android and beyond, not only with the BCM4330, but with all Bluetooth, WLAN and GPS chipsets.

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Highlights/Key Facts:

    • The BCM4330 provides a small form-factor solution with minimal external components to keep the cost down for mass volumes and allow for flexibility in size, form-factor and functionality
    • The BCM4330’s extreme integration reduces power consumption and makes the overall solution size over 40 percent smaller than its predecessor
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    • Broadcom continues to support its widely deployed Bluetooth stack and software for Android offering a carrier hardened stack, rich with many Bluetooth profiles, which now includes BLE support for next generation sensor applications
  • Broadcom’s support for Wi-Fi Direct enables devices to communicate directly with one another without having to interact with an access point. This not only makes communication between devices simpler and faster, but means devices can connect anywhere and anytime. With the BCM4330 combo chip, portable devices are no longer limited to communications within one single network and can move easily between networks, establishing one-to-one connections on an as needed basis.
  • Bluetooth High Speed enables Bluetooth applications to be used over the Wi-Fi connection and at Wi-Fi speeds.  The user can connect ad hoc devices using normal Bluetooth pairing and then the BCM4330 combo chip can decide to run over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi depending on bandwidth availability.  
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    • In addition, both Android and Windows Phone distributions feature support for ‘Soft Access Point’ – which allows the Wi-Fi component in a client device (such as a notebook computer or smartphone) to function as an access point enabling the sharing of wireless broadband with other devices
  • The BCM4330 implements the industry’s most advanced and proven radio coexistence algorithms and hardware mechanisms to allow an extremely collaborative WLAN and Bluetooth coexistence scheme internally, along with external coexistence scheme support for additional wireless technologies such as LTE and WiMax. As a result, enhanced overall quality for simultaneous voice, video and data transmission is achieved on a handheld system.
    • An integrated ARM® Cortex™-M3 processor and on-chip memory for complete WLAN subsystem functionality that minimizes the need to wake-up the application processor for standard WLAN functions. This allows for further minimization of power consumption, while maintaining the ability to perform field upgrades with future features
    • Broadcom’s SmartAudio® technology offers Wide Band Speech (WBS),  Packet Loss Concealment (PLC) and Bit Error Correction (BEC) to dramatically improve Bluetooth voice and audio quality
  • The BCM4330 is in production with volume shipments to phone manufactures this quarter.
  • Tier one handset manufactures are announcing products this week at the 2011 Mobile World Congress that include the BCM4330 with product shipments expected to occur in the upcoming months.

Supporting Quotes:

Philip Solis

"Combination chips have gained tremendous traction as more manufacturers add multiple wireless features to mobile phones and other handheld devices, including tablets, and will account for nearly 350 million of all wireless connectivity solutions shipped in 2015. Broadcom already controls a significant share of the wireless connectivity market within the rapidly expanding Android smartphone market. We estimate Broadcom’s integrated single chip combo devices were used in greater than 70 percent of Wi-Fi/Bluetooth enabled Android handset shipments in Q3’10."     

Chris Bergey

"Handset manufacturers are excited about the opportunities that Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth 4.0 bring to applications developed for the burgeoning smartphone and tablet markets. The BCM4330 is yet another example of how Broadcom is not only driving, but leading the industry in combo chips by enabling next generation products specifically for mobile devices by providing significant cost, size, power and performance advantages over discrete semiconductor implementations, making it ideal for handheld electronics."

Robert Rango

"Broadcom continues to support every major operating system (OS) platform.  For Android based products we are expecting the Android ecosystem to find many new and exciting usages for BLE.  Developers have shown an amazing creativity and we expect the deployment of BLE capable handsets in an open OS environment to delight consumers as they’re deployed. We are continuing our long-term commitment to Windows Mobile Phone 7 and to work closely with Microsoft on further enhancements for the Windows Mobile platform.  Broadcom’s wireless combo solutions are used in most of the Windows Phone 7 products shipped to date.  The addition of Nokia to the Windows Phone ecosystem is very exciting for us, as it could drastically increase the addressable market for this platform."

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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®.

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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 demand for wireless combo chip solutions in smartphones and tablets, adoption of mobile operating system platforms and our position in that space.  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 its next generation BCM4330 combo chip solution 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 smartphone and tablet markets;
  • Delays in the adoption and acceptance of industry standards in those markets;
  • The gain or loss of a key customer, design win or order;
  • 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
  • The timing of customer-industry qualification and certification of our products and the risks of non-qualification or non-certification.

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.

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