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Broadcom unveils BladeRunner chipset

Posted: 18 Jun 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:bladerunner? bcm6419? bcm6420? bcm6345? dsl digital transceiver?

Broadcom Corp. has introduced both its BladeRunner chipset, for DSL CO equipment, and a single-chip ADSL customer-premises router.

The chipset comprises the BCM6410, a 12-channel DSL digital transceiver, and the BCM6420, a 12-channel DSL AFE. Priced at $12 per-port in 10,000-unit quantities, the chipset supports full-rate ADSL at up to 12Mbps with typical worst-case power dissipation of 900mW.

Tim Lindenfelser, VP and GM of Broadcom's Broadband Communications business unit, said that the chipset is the first to integrate all of the memory, processor and interworking functions typically found on DSL line cards.

Lindenfelser said the chip set lets makers of DSLAM and Next-Generation Digital Loop Carrier (NGDLC) line cards offer more ports per cubic area, thereby reducing costs.

Meanwhile, Broadcom said its BCM6345, which combines a full-rate ADSL transceiver with an analog front end, may be the first single-chip ADSL customer-premises equipment solution available.

Priced at $15 to $18 each in 100,000-unit quantities, the device provides ADSL modem functionality, networking elements and expansion capability to allow distribution of broadband through the home.

EE Times

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