Broadcom's NetXtreme II(R) Gigabit Ethernet Controllers Featuring Accelerated iSCSI Host Bus Adapter Functionality Now Integrated With New HP ProLiant G6 Servers

IRVINE, Calif., March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Broadcom(R) BCM5709C Converges Ethernet with iSCSI Block Storage to Provide New HP Servers with Improved Performance and Reduced Ownership Cost

IRVINE, Calif., March 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced that Broadcom(R) BCM5709C Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) controllers including accelerated Internet Small Computer Systems Interface (iSCSI) storage capabilities will be integrated into new HP ProLiant servers as a standard feature. The BCM5709C GbE controllers with iSCSI functionality fully enabled are the first to ship embedded on HP ProLiant servers and enable block level storage to be processed at performance levels comparable to Fibre Channel (FC).

Since iSCSI is easier to implement and manage than Fibre Channel, IT professionals can use their existing Ethernet infrastructure to deploy iSCSI storage solutions without having to invest in iSCSI host bus adapter (HBA) cards or re-train personnel. And by utilizing iSCSI boot functionality, IT professionals can boot servers from the network itself rather than using local storage. This allows for easier operating system (OS) file and image management across multiple servers and results in a lower cost of ownership with a higher level of service.

"Broadcom continues to drive the adoption of new standard features, such as iSCSI HBA functionality, that improve server performance and total cost of ownership," said Vinod Lakhani, Senior Director & General Manager for Broadcom's High-Speed Controller line of business. "The integration of Broadcom(R) iSCSI HBA functionality as an embedded feature on select HP ProLiant server models reinforces our leadership in enterprise networking solutions."

Per today's announcement by HP, the Broadcom NetXtreme(R) II BCM5709C GbE controller with standard Ethernet functionality and accelerated iSCSI storage capabilities is featured on new HP ProLiant server models including the DL360 G6 and DL380 G6 as well as the ProLiant DL385 G5p that is currently shipping.

Prior to the BCM5709C GbE controller solution, HP iSCSI was only available from Broadcom via optional HP network interface cards (NICs) or through an HP software license that activates the iSCSI functionality. As a result, non-Broadcom customers requiring iSCSI functionality had to acquire third-party HBA cards. With the BCM5709C, new HP ProLiant server models will have iSCSI HBA functionality activated and ready for use.

"Customers want networking solutions that offer them the ability to grow their business while reducing operating costs," said John Gromala, Director of Product Marketing, Industry Standard Servers, HP. "The combination of HP ProLiant G6 servers with Broadcom's Gigabit Ethernet Controllers achieves this while providing customers with an integrated solution that delivers the scalability and flexibility required to manage multiple functions."

Additional information regarding the BCM5709C is available at:

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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(R).

Broadcom is one of the world's largest fabless semiconductor companies, with 2008 revenue of $4.66 billion, and holds over 3,100 U.S. and over 1,400 foreign patents, more than 7,600 additional pending patent applications, and one of the broadest intellectual property portfolios addressing both wired and wireless transmission of voice, video, data and multimedia.

Broadcom is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and has offices and research facilities in North America, Asia and Europe. Broadcom may be contacted at +1.949.926.5000 or at

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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 iSCSI block storage in server products and our position in that market. 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.

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        products and the risks of non-qualification or non-certification;
    --  The rate at which our present and future customers and end-users adopt
        Broadcom's technologies and products in the markets;

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