How to find Broadcom datasheets without contacting sales

If you are interested in ICs from Broadcom, you might have noticed that in typical big company fashion, they only offer you a Product brief and you have to request more infoin order to obtain the actual datasheet.

Such is the case for the BCM5221 100Base-TX/FX PHY which I have mentioned in my post on 100Base-FX transceivers.

However there is a trick with which I could obtain the publically available datasheet.

Google [PART NUMBER] data sheet filetype:pdf !

Regarding the BCM5221, I googled BCM5221 data sheet filetype:pdf and the first result was this link to Broadcom’s website:

This link will take you directly to in other words, an official source, no backdoor access or anything required. But even if that link were not there, you would be able to find said datasheet on a plurality of other websites.