Broadcom Delivers Advanced Wireless Connectivity to Nintendo's Wii U Gaming Experience

 Broadcom Delivers Advanced Wireless Connectivity to Nintendo's Wii U Gaming

First Game System to Integrate Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC - Just in Time for the

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IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 19, 2012

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

News Highlights:

  oBroadcom and Nintendo have jointly developed 5GHz Wi-Fi to support
    low-latency video and audio transmission between the Wii U console and the
    Wii U GamePad controller
  oBluetooth 4.0 support with backward compatibility enables most legacy
    games and peripherals to be used with the new system
  oNear Field Communications (NFC) and Wi-Fi introduce new capabilities for
    the gaming experience

Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in
semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today announced
its portfolio of wireless connectivity technologies including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
and NFC, are in the new Wii U system from Nintendo. For more news, visit
Broadcom's Newsroom.

In the new Wii U system, Nintendo and Broadcom jointly developed customized
5GHz Wi-Fi technology that supports low-latency video and audio transmission
between the console and GamePad controller. With the integration of Broadcom's
NFC technology, the GamePad will be able to wirelessly interact with a broad
selection of peripherals. Additionally, Bluetooth 4.0 support with backward
compatibility enables most legacy games and legacy peripherals to be used with
the new system.

By incorporating Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC, the Wii U system redefinesthe
video game experience by delivering unique capabilities.For example:

  oPlay and Watch TV Simultaneously: Seamlessly switch from playing a game to
    watching TV on the big screen while continuing uninterrupted game-play on
    the GamePad for specially designed games.
  oNew and Unexpected Video Game and Entertainment Experiences: The addition
    of the GamePad, which includes a 6.2-inch touch screen, as well as
    traditional button controls and two analog sticks, will open up new
    possibilities for both game developers and game players.

Watch the Wii U YouTube channel for the latest games and more interesting use

Key Benefits:

  oUse of dual-band Wi-Fi for optimal wireless transmission:

       oUse of 5GHz Wi-Fi for low-latency video and audio transmission
       oUse of 2.4GHz Wi-Fi for wireless connectivity for Internet access

  oBroadcom's NFC technology has the ability to further extend the benefits
    of connectivity with simplified pairing and seamless, instant
    communication between devices
  oInclusion of latest Bluetooth technology enables backwards compatibility
    with existing handheld controllers and supports future enhancements
  oBroadcom InConcert wireless technologies uniquely enhance how devices work
    together by optimizing performance of various radio components and
    minimizing wireless interference:

       oBCM43362, BCM43237 and BCM4319 Wi-Fi chips provide proven wireless
         connectivity expertise with high-quality latency performance to
         ensure an immersive and responsive user experience
       oNFC:BCM20792 is the first NFC controller tailored for increased
         flexibility, developed in 40 nm and enabling low power performance
       oBluetooth: BCM20702 chip improves consumer electronics controller


All of the Broadcom products integrated into the Wii U system are shipping in
production quantities. The Wii U system will be available in the Americas on
November 18, 2012.

For ongoing news, visit Broadcom's Newsroom, read the B-Connected Blog, or
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Genyo Takeda, General Manager, Integrated Research & Development Division,
Nintendo Co., Ltd.

"With the wireless Wii U GamePad, Nintendo is able to deliver new experiences
that transform the way people think about games, social interaction and
entertainment. Broadcom's wireless technologies complement these experiences
by providing innovative solutions that meet our unique requirements and
deliver the wireless performance we need to make the integration seamless."

Dino Bekis, Senior Director, Wireless Connectivity Combo

"Nintendo continues to lead the gaming industry by leveraging wireless
connectivity technologies to provide a user experience that is fresh,
innovative and increasingly relevant outside of the traditional video gaming
arena. We are thrilled to be working with Nintendo to again leverage our
advanced wireless technology and push the limits of what is possible with
video games and the broader consumer electronics industry."

About Broadcom

Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a FORTUNE 500® company, is a global
leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless
communications. Broadcom® products seamlessly deliver voice, video, data and
multimedia connectivity in the home, office and mobile environments. With the
industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip and
embedded software solutions, Broadcom is changing the world by Connecting
everything®. For more information, go to

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