Irvine, CA, April 27 -- Broadcom Corporation, a provider of highly integrated semiconductor solutions enabling broadband communications, introduced its next generation single-chip cable modem solution, the Broadcom BCM3349. In production this month, the BCM3349 is an advanced DOCSIS 2.0-based cable modem chip that addresses the increased performance and reliability demands of high-speed data, voice and gateway modem designs.
Broadcom has received production orders from customers for the BCM3349 as well as the BCM3419 silicon tuner to go into DOCSIS 2.0-certified cable modems. Production volumes of these new cable modem products will be available this quarter.
The enhanced features of the BCM3349 offer cable modem vendors both improved performance and reliability, as well as significant component count reduction over other solutions. Cable modems using the BCM3349 will operate 25 percent faster than modems using previous solutions, due to a new integrated processor performing at 250 MIPS, and will support individual modem throughput at the full-channel capacity of the DOCSIS 2.0 specification. Using Broadcom's advanced integration technologies, the BCM3349 enables vendors to reduce the component count of their data modem solutions by more than 20 percent from previous industry leading designs.
"The BCM3349 and BCM3419 allow our customers to create extremely cost effective solutions that will enable them to successfully compete in the highly competitive DOCSIS cable modem market," said Jay Kirchoff, Broadcom's Director of Marketing for Cable Modems.
The DOCSIS 2.0 specification enables the tripling of upstream data capacity, from the consumer to the cable operator, creating a cable network that operates at up to 40 Megabits per second (Mbps) downstream and 30 Mbps upstream. This tripling of upstream speed enables cable modem service providers to expand their broadband service offerings to both businesses and consumers to include higher speed and symmetric data service tiers, multi-line cable telephony, video conferencing, streaming IP video, and remote learning applications.
The BCM3349 is sampling today and is available in several reference designs for data, voice and gateway cable modem applications. The chip is
packaged in a 316-pin PBGA and is priced at $20.00 each in quantities of 10,000.
Broadcom is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and may be contacted at 1-949-450-8700 or at www.broadcom.com.