Broadcom Demonstrates 10 Gbps iSCSI Block Storage at 2008 Storage Networking World

ORLANDO, Fla., April 9, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- 2008 SNW -- Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced a demonstration of iSCSI host bus adapter (HBA) functionality on its 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) controller at this week's Storage Networking World conference. Broadcom(R) iSCSI HBA functionality has been integrated into its market leading NetXtreme II(R) converged network interface controllers (C-NICs), and is now available for 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps) applications.

ORLANDO, Fla., April 9, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — 2008 SNW — Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced a demonstration of iSCSI host bus adapter (HBA) functionality on its 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) controller at this week's Storage Networking World conference. Broadcom(R) iSCSI HBA functionality has been integrated into its market leading NetXtreme II(R) converged network interface controllers (C-NICs), and is now available for 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps) applications.

Broadcom iSCSI HBA functionality enables on-chip processing of the iSCSI protocol (as well as TCP and IP protocols), which frees up host CPU resources at 10 Gbps line rates and enables an impressive 400,000 IOPS (input/output operations per second) over a single Ethernet port(1) while running on Microsoft(R) Windows 2008. This functionality provides extended performance benefits that meet the demands of bandwidth intensive applications requiring high-performance block storage input/output (I/O). In addition, Broadcom's 1 GbE C-NIC can deliver an industry-leading performance of 230,000 IOPS utilizing two 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports. Regardless of network speed, Broadcom iSCSI HBA delivers performance benefits not obtainable from alternative solution approaches.

Enterprise networks are well positioned to take advantage of iSCSI functionality since they are built on top of the highly familiar TCP/IP protocols and because of the ubiquity and effectiveness of Ethernet. iSCSI enables storage flexibility as it allows storage content to be accessed from an Ethernet fabric. The increase from 1 Gbps Ethernet to 10 Gbps Ethernet delivers increased storage performance levels not previously achievable and provides sufficient bandwidth to truly become a converging fabric that permits multiple types of high bandwidth protocol traffic to co-exist on the same network. As a result, a server can converge networking and storage onto the same network while lowering the total cost of ownership (TCO), or use a dedicated network for data and for storage, thereby using the same equipment for multiple purposes.

Broadcom's BCM57710 NetXtreme II 10GbE C-NIC will be demonstrated at Storage Networking World 2008 with full iSCSI HBA functionality. Announced in May 2007, the BCM57710 became the industry's first true single-chip, dual-port 10GbE C-NIC specifically designed for high volume servers. Successfully delivering a single-chip C-NIC supporting 10 Gbps rates, with no external memory or an additional dedicated HBA adapter required, the BCM57710 lowers the TCO for iSCSI-based storage networks and provides higher bandwidth and higher performance.

"iSCSI HBA functionality is a key component of our NetXtreme II C-NIC technology because it enables iSCSI storage access in a cost effective manner," said Vinod Lakhani, Senior Director and General Manager of Broadcom's High-Speed Controller line of business. "On-chip iSCSI processing frees up the CPU and allows a new level performance in today's servers, enabling value for both 1GbE and 10GbE networks. Broadcom's ability to provide iSCSI processing in a single-chip, low-power 10 Gbps solution will help accelerate the adoption of 10GbE in enterprise networks."

"HP ProLiant server customers have come to expect unmatched reliability and performance across our portfolio," said John Gromala, Director, ProLiant Product Marketing, HP. "By lowering CPU utilization through iSCSI offload, we are looking forward to reaching new levels of performance across our ProLiant line while helping make storage deployment much more cost effective."

NetXtreme II C-NIC Information

Broadcom's NetXtreme II GbE controller chips were the first controllers in the industry to enable storage networking, high performance clustering, accelerated data networking and remote system management pass-through functions in a single, all-in-one solution at price points enabling the broad adoption of this technology. By deploying these functions over standard Ethernet networks, IT professionals can significantly reduce the costs associated with deploying and maintaining today's complex fabric infrastructure.

In today's enterprise network, a standard server is typically equipped with two Gigabit Ethernet controllers, and in some cases, with other storage adapters. To simultaneously run network, storage and clustering traffic at high rates requires multiple adapters and high amounts of CPU cycles. While running over a standard Ethernet network, Broadcom's NetXtreme II C-NIC technology frees the server's resources to perform their primary tasks, namely running application code, while simultaneously increasing performance. The NetXtreme II family of C-NICs enables IT professionals to simplify their systems by providing network, storage and clustering capabilities over existing and familiar TCP/IP and Ethernet infrastructures while boosting server performance.

About Broadcom

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 2007 revenue of $3.78 billion, and holds over 2,500 U.S. and 1,100 foreign patents, more than 7,400 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 http://www.broadcom.com.

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(1) System configuration: Dual socket Intel Xeon 5460 (quad core), 3.16 GHz

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