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Broadcom's HyperTransport-Based Server I/O Controllers Selected by IBM for eServer 326m Servers

Broadcom Corporation, a global leader in wired and wireless broadband communications semiconductors, today announced that
IBM has selected two Broadcom HyperTransport-based server I/O chips for incorporation in its eServer 326m rack servers. The third generation eServer is based on AMD Opteron and Broadcom server I/O chips that build on prior generations of technology with the addition of PCI Express I/O connectivity. This high-speed I/O enhances IBM's high-performance dual-core servers and provides a significant performance improvement for end users. IBM is an early adopter of Broadcom's recently introduced HyperTransport-based server I/O chips and is expecting the eServer 326m to ship in large quantities beginning in November 2005.

"Broadcom has delivered a highly integrated and robust solution for
AMD Opteron dual-core platforms," said Alex Yost, Director of Product Marketing, IBM eServer. "The new HyperTransport-based I/O controllers are an excellent addition to the comprehensive Broadcom system I/O product portfolio that we need to make our servers among the best in the market."

"Our integrated I/O solutions further extend
IBM's leadership position in the high-performance clustering market segment," said Wei-Ai Tai, Marketing Director of Broadcom's Server I/O Chipset Line of Business. "We are excited to provide performance, value and product differentiation to IBM's platform solution through our long-term development partnership with IBM."

Product Descriptions

HyperTransport-based server I/O controller solutions include both the HT-1000 and HT-2000 chips.

HT-2000, announced in April 2005, is the industry's most integrated HyperTransport-based server I/O controller that features all of the industry standard I/O interfaces within a single-chip design. This includes 1 Gigahertz (GHz) HyperTransport technology, PCI Express and PCI-X host bus architectures, HyperTransport tunneling and dual Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports. The cost-effective integration of dual GbE ports, PCI Express and PCI-X in the HT-2000 provides a strong I/O solution for the volume two-way server market segment. As a result, the HT-2000 is the most feature-rich two-way server platform solution available, enabling OEMs to scale beyond the two-way segment into the four-way and eight-way product segments using the same I/O architecture.

HT-1000, announced in October 2004, is an I/O HyperTransport hub that features all of the I/O requirements for entry-level and mid-range server products. It includes a HyperTransport interface, PCI-X and PCI host busses, four SATA ports and integrated south bridge technology, providing the industry's most complete I/O bridge solution. Leveraging the company's GbE and I/O expertise, developed through the creation of multiple generations of field-proven technology, Broadcom's HyperTransport-based server I/O platform solutions are some of the industry's most highly integrated, feature-rich, flexible and scalable server I/O products. Broadcom continues to be the only silicon provider who owns all of the necessary IP to integrate computing, communications and storage technologies into a single-chip resulting in competitive advantages and significant price/performance benefits for its OEM customers.

About Broadcom

Broadcom Corporation is a global leader in wired and wireless broadband communications semiconductors. Our products enable the convergence of high-speed data, high definition video, voice and audio at home, in the office and on the go. Broadcom provides manufacturers of computing and networking equipment, digital entertainment and broadband access products, and mobile devices with the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip and software solutions. These solutions support our core mission: Connecting everything(R). Broadcom is one of the world's largest fabless semiconductor companies, with annual revenue of more than $2 billion. The company is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., with offices and research facilities in North America, Asia and Europe. Broadcom may be contacted at 1-949-450-8700 or at

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