Broadcom Corporation (Broadcom), a US based provider of semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, said that its NetXtreme BCM5761 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) controller has been selected by Dell, Inc. (Dell) and Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) for their new enterprise-class personal computers. The new controller features TruManage technology, which enables new enterprise-class PCs with energy-efficient, cost effective client manageability.

The Broadcom BCM5761 controller integrates the new open client manageability standards and advanced power management features that enable enterprise-class PCs to be fully and securely managed remotely, while maintaining compliance with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star program.

Managing PC systems around the world, in multi-vendor, distributed enterprise environments, creates a challenge for current IT administrators as they are required to manage a disparate set of tools and applications. The tools are mainly proprietary or specialized, and must be adapted specifically to each individual corporation resulting in an increased total cost of ownership (TCO) and a lack of efficiency and consistency when managing these PC systems.

The Broadcom BCM5761 GbE controller with TruManage technology supports desktop and mobile architecture for system hardware (DASH) and the platform management component intercommunication (PMCI) protocols that provide original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers, such as Dell and HP, with capabilities to manage PCs from a variety of manufacturers across multiple locations using a common framework and tools. IT managers can now proactively and securely manage enterprise-class PCs deployed anywhere in the world from a single console. It also allows software updates and security patches to be deployed during ‘off-peak’ hours to minimize user downtime while providing support for common features such as remote power, boot control and system status monitoring.

IT professionals looking to implement the latest standards-based client manageability and advanced security solutions for Microsoft Windows Vista OS environments can look to the new enterprise-class PC offerings from Dell and HP featuring the second generation, DASH-capable BCM5761 GbE controller from Broadcom. Utilizing TruManage technology, the BCM5761 combines highly optimized hardware, firmware and software to enable extremely low power and cost effective management functionality for in-band, out-of-band and out-of-service requirements. This results in a single set of tools to manage multi-vendor platforms, lowering cost and overhead while allowing IT professionals to focus on deploying new technologies and capabilities on their network. Compared to competing client management technologies, Broadcom’s single-chip solution provides remote access at all times and lowers system power consumption by more than 75% while in a sleep state.

We are happy to work with Broadcom to bring this new level of standards-based manageability to our customers, said Darrel Ward, director, Dell Product Group. Broadcom and Dell share the vision of delivering feature-rich, standards-based management technology to the client via DASH. The NetXtreme 5761 Gigabit controller will help drive down support costs, reduce power consumption, and simplify a variety of management tasks for IT administrators.

HP has been able to accelerate the adoption of DASH on Intel and AMD-based platforms due to Broadcom’s robust feature set for manageability, said Anneliese Olson, director of product marketing for Business PCs. Broadcom TruManage enables our customers to lower costs while increasing the efficiency and reliability of their infrastructure. The ability to manage platforms remotely while being energy compliant is critical to their IT success.

The adoption of our GbE controller by PC OEM market leaders highlights our leadership in enabling and deploying open standards and energy-efficient solutions, said Vinod Lakhani, senior director and general manager for Broadcom’s High-Speed Controller line of business. We will continue to drive open standards technologies through our leading position in the Distributed Management Task Force and other organizations to bring cost effective and power efficient technologies to market.