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Broadcom Chip Speeds Data Delivery

May 12, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) _ Communications technology maker Broadcom Corp. announced a chip that can deliver video, voice and data over conventional copper wire networks 10 times faster than current technology.

The Irvine, Calif.-based company said the new chip, to be used in local network switches, will allow companies to continue using their existing copper wiring inside their offices while achieving more network speed and capacity.

Broadcom announced the chip at an industry conference Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reported today.

Broadcom says the chip will allow data to travel over copper wiring at up to one billion bits, or one gigabit, per second. Current copper networks now are limited to speeds up to 100 million bits per second.

The development has been hotly anticipated in the networking world because of the difficulty of achieving ever-higher speeds over the copper wiring used inside most offices. Many companies have been forced to install much more expensive fiberoptic cables and communications equipment to achieve gigabit-level network speeds.

The new chip can correct transmission errors, sort out interference from nearby wires and other data, and direct two-way data traffic down cables that previously carried information only one way, the newspaper reported.

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