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.

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