Broadcom Corp. has launched a new IP telephony chipset capable of handling Gigabit Ethernet speeds.
Broadcom has introduced what it believes to be the first IP phone chip that integrates Gigabit Ethernet switching, end-to-end security and advanced quality of service in a single chip design.
Broadcom's Gigabit Ethernet IP phone chip (BCM1103) succeeds the company's Fast Ethernet (10/100 Mbps) chipset, which is used in a range of IP-PBX systems. To support the new chip, Broadcom has also developed the BCM911103SP phone reference design platform.
Broadcom believes it will become essential for IP phones to operate at the faster speed as broadband networks continue to migrate to GigE, as to prevent bottlenecks between the local area network and the PC.
Broadcom has priced the chipset at $25 per unit in quantities of 10,000.