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Broadcom Awarded 3,000th U.S. Patent

Friday, November 07, 2008

Irvine, CA -- Broadcom Corporation, a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced that it has received its 3,000th issued United States patent, marking a significant milestone in the company's history of developing innovative and highly integrated semiconductor system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions.

Issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on November 4th, U.S. patent number 7,447,275 covers a low power, high performance receiver for wireless systems (such as Bluetooth). Broadcom now holds over 3,000 U.S. patents, over 1,300 foreign patents, and more than 7,600 additional pending patent applications.

Broadcom has amassed one of the broadest intellectual property portfolios addressing both wired and wireless transmission of voice, video, data and multimedia. In an analysis conducted by an independent firm last fall, IEEE Spectrum magazine ranked Broadcom as having the eighth most powerful patent pipeline among the 1,000+ organizations identified as having the most influential U.S. patent portfolios, and the second most powerful in the semiconductor manufacturing category.

Offering a broad array of advanced solutions for both wired and wireless applications, Broadcom is uniquely positioned to enable the next generation of converged communications devices. Recent strategic R&D investments in new wireless markets have also further broadened Broadcom's portfolio. Wireless technology patents account for approximately one-third of the company's total issued patents today and approximately half of its more recent filings, thus enabling Broadcom to satisfy the increasing demand for new and exciting feature-rich mobile devices.

Broadcom's cutting-edge IP and product portfolio continues to touch millions of people every day around the world -- at work, in the home and while on the go. Examples of some innovative semiconductor technologies from Broadcom's expansive portfolio include:

  • Enterprise switches that help direct voice, video and data in businesses;
  • Bluetooth products that enable hands-free cellular phone use;
  • Wireless connectivity solutions to power the world's most popular gaming consoles;
  • Advanced broadband modem chips that satisfy consumer demand for better and faster distribution of voice, video and data throughout the digital home; and
  • Cellular phone products and multimedia technology that enable advanced, next generation features and capabilities with lower power consumption and cost for portable devices.

Since its founding in 1991, Broadcom has developed industry leading technologies and products that have been instrumental in advancing the growth of key segments of the world's wired and wireless communications markets. Broadcom's initial product offerings in the 1990s helped usher in a new era of high-speed communications and networking by powering such devices as the world's first cable modems and cable set-top boxes. In 1999, Broadcom held just five patents. By early 2004 the number grew to over 500. The company received its 1,000th U.S. patent in 2005 and its 2,000th in early 2007. This week's milestone represents a further acceleration in the growth of Broadcom's patent portfolio.

"Our ability to continually innovate at a rapid pace through the advanced design of highly integrated communications ICs has always been a core strength of Broadcom," said Scott A. McGregor, Broadcom's President & Chief Executive Officer. "The advent of our 3,000th patent reflects not only Broadcom's world-class engineering capabilities but also a continuing and ever-growing technology leadership through what we believe is the industry's broadest patent and product portfolio. We congratulate all of our engineers, as well as the many others in the Broadcom family who have played a key role in the patent development process, on this impressive achievement."

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.

Broadcom is one of the world's largest fabless semiconductor companies, with 2007 revenue of $3.78 billion, and holds over 3,000 U.S. and over 1,300 foreign patents, more than 7,600 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

Cautions regarding Forward Looking Statements

All statements included or incorporated by reference in this release, other than statements or characterizations of historical fact, are forward- looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, estimates and projections about our industry and business, management's beliefs, and certain assumptions made by us, all of which are subject to change. Forward-looking statements can often be identified by words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "predicts," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "may," "will," "should," "would," "could," "potential," "continue," "ongoing," similar expressions, and variations or negatives of these words. Examples of such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, our ability to enable the next generation of communications devices. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause our actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statement.

Important factors that may cause such a difference for Broadcom in connection with our patent portfolio, products and technologies include, but are not limited to:

  • the ability of our patents to protect our intellectual property and products;
  • our ability to enforce our intellectual property rights;
  • intellectual property disputes and customer indemnification claims and other types of litigation risk; and
  • our ability to timely and accurately predict market requirements and evolving industry standards and to identify opportunities in new markets.

Additional factors that may cause Broadcom's actual results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to those listed at

Our Annual Report on Form 10-K, subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, recent Current Reports on Form 8-K, and other Securities and Exchange Commission filings discuss the foregoing risks as well as other important risk factors that could contribute to such differences or otherwise affect our business, results of operations and financial condition. The forward-looking statements in this release speak only as of this date. We undertake no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statement, except as required by law.

Broadcom, the pulse logo, Connecting everything, and the Connecting everything logo are among the trademarks of Broadcom Corporation and/or its affiliates in the United States, certain other countries and/or the EU. Bluetooth is a trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. Any other trademarks or trade names mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

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