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Broadcom, Motorola Extend Relationship

Broadcom extended its supply agreement with Motorola Thursday. Broadcom will continue to serve as the primary supplier of chips for Motorola's DOCSIS 1.0, 1.1 and 2.0-based SURFboard cable modems through 2003.

The SURFboard cable modems will build on Broadcom's recently announced chip, which supports the advanced time division multiple access (A-TDMA) and synchronous code division multiple access (S-CDMA) modes for next-generation DOCSIS 2.0-based cable modems, which will allow service providers to expand their broadband service offerings to businesses and consumers with higher speed and symmetric data service tiers, multi-line cable telephony, videoconferencing, streaming IP video and residential gateway, and multi-PC broadband access using both wired and wireless home networking technologies.

Broadcom's cable modem chip and software technology also includes the physical (PHY) and media access controller (MAC) layer for DOCSIS 1.0, 1.1 and 2.0-based cable modem systems. Additionally, the chips incorporate a MIPS-based processor and peripheral communication interfaces supporting 10/100 Ethernet, USB, HomePNA 2.0 and VoIP.

Market research firm InStat/MDR expects the worldwide cable modem market to grow to more than 20 million subscribers by 2003.