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Broadcom Launches Industry's First Certified NFC Quad-combo Wireless Connectivity Solution

     Broadcom Launches Industry's First Certified NFC Quad-combo Wireless
                            Connectivity Solution

Ignites Mass Adoption in Smartphones and Consumer Electronic Devices

PR Newswire

IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 11, 2012

IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

News Highlights:

  oIndustry's first quad-combo solution integrates proven NFC, Wi-Fi,
    Bluetooth and FM radio technologies
  oEnables range of new applications for simplified device pairing and
    growing mobile retail payments
  oAccelerates Broadcom traction with NFC-enabled smartphone markets, which
    are expected to reach 3.5 billion devices in circulation over the next
    five years^1

Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in
semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today
introduced two new Near Field Communication (NFC) solutions to be showcased at
the upcoming 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The company
announced the industry's first quad-combo to integrate certified NFC,
Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and FM onto a single chip. Broadcom also announced a single
card solution combining its 5G WiFi combo chip with its industry-leading
standalone NFC. For more news, visit Broadcom's Newsroom.

The expansion of NFC will inspire adoption in broader consumer electronics
devices like game controllers, TVs and remotes, computer keyboards and mice,
headsets, printers and more. NFC will allow consumers to instantly show video
taken from a smartphone on a smart TV by tapping the devices together. It will
also enable consumers to seamlessly and securely tap-to-print and tap-to-share
data like a music playlist or a business card. Additionally, the mobile
payment market presents massive opportunity for mainstream adoption with $4.2
billion transactions completed in 2012, a number expected to reach $100
billion in 2016^2.

John Devlin, Practice Director Security & ID, ABI Research

"We predict that over three and a half billion NFC-enabled devices will ship
over the next five years, opening up huge market opportunities for companies
like Broadcom. As a leader in wireless combination technology and with strong
existing OEM relationships, Broadcom is well positioned to capitalize on this
growth in smartphones and other consumer electronic devices."

Quad-combo Key Features:

As Broadcom's sixth generation combo chip, the BCM43341 offers OEMs unmatched
size, power and cost advantages. The quad-combo also provides a flexible
interface with multiple secure elements to ensure all payment business models
are supported for today's market. Additionally, Broadcom's standards-based
software stack implements NFC Forum specifications, including NFC Controller
interface (NCI), to support multiple operating systems. As a testament to its
certified solutions, Broadcom recently contributed its NFC software stack into
the Android 4.2 operating system.

  oIntegration of NFC, WLAN, Bluetooth 4.0, FM radio and wireless coexistence
    on a single chip for reduced radio interference and simplified
    connectivity
  o40nm CMOS process delivers improvements in size and power consumption
  oSupports dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) WLAN including support for HT40 (high
    throughput 40MHz rates)
  oIntegrated WLAN/BT PA, LNA and TR switch to reduce total area and bill of
    materials (BOM) costs
  oIntegrated support for Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Certified Miracast and Wi-Fi
    Certified Passpoint technologies
  oDesigned for low-cost printed circuit board (PCB) chip-on-board
    applications
  oField power harvesting capability enables support of NFC transactions even
    if battery has expired

Michael Hurlston, Broadcom SVP and GM, Wireless Connectivity Combo.

"Broadcom is dedicated to expanding its ecosystem of wireless products to stay
ahead of ever-shifting demands. The introduction of our first NFC combo
solution successfully sets up device manufacturers to capitalize on rapid
consumer adoption. As the first chip vendor to launch 5G WiFi products that
address all market segments, today we are the first and only chip vendor to
couple the simplified usability of NFC with the power of 5G WiFi to deliver
unprecedented consumer benefits."

Single Card Solution Key Features:

While the quad-combo will drive adoption in mass market devices, the single
solution on a card integrates the industry's first 5G WiFi combo chip with the
BCM20793 NFC chip, raising the performance bar for high-end smartphones and
tablets. The single solution on a card joins tap-to-pair functionality and
ease-of-use of NFC with speed, coverage and performance benefits of 5G WiFi to
create the ideal platform for highly-mobile devices. For example, high
throughput, high-definition video transfers using 5G WiFi will be
significantly enhanced with NFC's simplified functionality.

  oIntegration of industry's first 5G WiFi combo chip and mass market,
    payment-certified NFC standalone chip on a single card
  oWLAN PHY rates of 433 Mb/s to increase wireless throughput as compared to
    previous generations
  oBroadcom TurboQAM® technology including highest data-rate 256-QAM mode in
    2.4 GHz to deliver 10 percent faster throughputs than 802.11n speeds
  oIntegrated support for Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Certified Miracast and Wi-Fi
    Certified Passpoint technologies
  oOptimized bill-of-material (BOM) and printed circuit board (PCB) or module
    layout design

Availability

Broadcom's quad-combo and single card solution are now sampling with early
access customers, with full production expected in Q1 2013.

For ongoing news, visit Broadcom's Newsroom, read the B-Connected Blog, or
visit Facebook or Twitter. And to stay connected, subscribe to Broadcom's RSS
Feed.

Resources

^1ABI Research, NFC Market Data, November 2012

^2ABI Research, Mobile Payments, NFC, and Contactless Convergence Report,
October 2012

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 www.broadcom.com.

Broadcom^®, the pulse logo, Connecting everything^®, the Connecting everything
logo and TurboQAM^® are among the trademarks of Broadcom Corporation and/or
its affiliates in the United States, certain other countries and/or the EU.
Any other trademarks or trade names mentioned are the property of their
respective owners.

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Public Relations Representative Sr. Director, Investor Relations
408-922-7855                    949-926-7567
pcox@broadcom.com               czegarel@broadcom.com





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