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Broadcom(R) Controllers Integrate TPM 1.2, Enabling OEMs to Offer Hardware-Based Security as a Standard Feature on All PCs

Platforms With TPM 1.2 Hardware Will Be Ready for Enhanced Security Functionality in the Next Microsoft OS (Code Name Longhorn)

SEATTLE, WinHEC 2005, April 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Broadcom Corporation , a global leader in wired and wireless broadband communications semiconductors, today announced that its latest NetXtreme(R) Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) controllers will include integrated Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 functionality. With today's corporations increasingly exposed to data theft and unauthorized access, standards-based TPM security has become a cornerstone solution for the IT community. Integrating TPM security into NetXtreme GbE controller chips enables PC OEMs to offer this high level of security as a standard feature on all enterprise client personal computers.

The Trusted Platform Module 1.2 is a security standard created by the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) for a hardware-based secure computing environment. Compared to software-only based security, which is inherently vulnerable, the TCG's TPM-based approach provides a more secure environment based on a trusted root protected in hardware. As the sophistication of information theft grows and the value of information increases, the need for TPM security has become evident. The TPM 1.2 standard, with several new security and usability features, is the latest specification to date and is expected to be fully ratified by the TCG in 2005.

With Broadcom(R) NetXtreme network interface controllers included as a standard component on almost all enterprise PCs, integration of TPM enables this level of PC security to be placed on motherboards at negligible incremental costs. As a result, the last barrier to the widespread adoption of TPM security on desktop and mobile PC platforms has now been removed.

In 2004 Broadcom launched its first NetXtreme GbE controller with integrated TPM, supporting TCG's 1.1b specification. This chip changed the way that PC OEMs viewed TPM -- a high cost technology suddenly became cost-effective enough to add as a standard feature on certain motherboards. Broadcom is now shipping millions of these TPM 1.1b devices per quarter and is a leader in this market. With the new NetXtreme GbE controllers integrating TPM 1.2 functionality, the company has extended its market leadership position and is driving TPM price points even lower.

"Customers have told us that they need the advanced level of data protection that will be provided by the Secure Startup feature in Longhorn," said Dan Schiappa, General Manager, Microsoft Security Business and Technology Unit. "Broadcom's integration of the TPM 1.2 security module into the NetXtreme GbE controller chip represents a key milestone in helping to provide the secure computing benefits of Secure Startup for Longhorn customers."

Broadcom's TPM controller-based implementation includes both hardware and software and is driven by comprehensive security software based on technology from Infineon Corporation. The TPM software includes many usability features that IT managers need to deploy TPM security easily such as key migration and key backup.

Announced today are the BCM5752 and BCM5752M NetXtreme GbE controller chips designed for enterprise desktop and mobile PCs, respectively. Both controllers are based on the industry's most widely deployed media access controller (MAC) and physical layer (PHY) device architectures. As a result, IT managers can rely on field proven technology that offers more uptime and lower support costs than other less proven network controller solutions. The BCM5752M mobile PC version includes additional power modes that adapt to the user's actions and automatically scale the power usage accordingly.

"By leveraging Broadcom's extensive IP portfolio and advanced integration capabilities, we were able to integrate crucial functionality into our successful NetXtreme line of GbE controllers," said Greg Young, Senior Director and General Manager of Broadcom's High-Speed Controller Line of Business. "As a result, PCs shipping with Microsoft's next-generation OS (code name Longhorn) will be able to take full advantage of the advanced TPM 1.2 security features right out of the box."

"HP believes that TPM 1.2 could be a key factor in keeping PCs and corporate data secure from malicious attacks, and that together with Broadcom, we can use this important technology to help meet the evolving security needs of our customers," said Jeff Groudan, Vice President of Marketing, Business Desktops, Personal Systems Group, HP. "By integrating Broadcom's BCM5752 into our business desktops, such as the newly released HP dc7600 Business Desktop, we give customers the next-generation security features needed to protect their business information from current and future threats."

Broadcom's new BCM5752 and BCM5752M NetXtreme GbE controllers with integrated TPM security, will be demonstrated this week at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) 2005 in Booth #203.

Pricing and Availability

The BCM5752 and BCM5752M NetXtreme GbE controllers are currently in production. Pricing is available upon request.

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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CONTACT: trade press, Scott Harlin, Public Relations Manager,
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