Broadcom Gets Court OK to Ship Chip


Fresh on the heels of a court decision in its never-ending legal battle with
rival Microtune Inc., Broadcom Corp. announced that it has begun shipping a new
advanced digital tuner to power voice, video and data communications.

A U.S. federal judge last week ruled that the new "BCM3416" is not subject to
an injunction issued against Broadcom in its tuner-technology suit with
Microtune. Substantial changes included in the BCM3416 were apparently enough to
exempt it from the injection, according to the judge.

Six of the top 10 cable-modem providers use Broadcom tuner silicon and, so
far, modems with the BCM3416 have passed Data Over Cable Service Interface
Specification 1.0, 1.1 and 2.0 from Cable Television Laboratories Inc. In some
cases, modem vendors have already started shipping units with the new tuner chip
on board.

"This is a major step forward for suppliers of both cable modems and digital
set-top boxes," said Jay Kirchoff, director of marketing for Broadcom's
cable-modem products.

"The most exciting aspect of this product is that it incorporates the newest
technology demanded by the rapidly changing digital-communications marketplace,"
he added. "The BCM3416 leverages Broadcom's tuner experience to allow
cable-modem and set-top-box manufacturers to use newer, cheaper RF
[radio-frequency] components in overall tuner design."

The BCM3416 chip costs $4 in 10,000-piece quantities.