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Cable Technology Feature Article

October 28, 2009

Broadcom Intros New Set-Top Box SoC Solutions

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor

Broadcom Corp. has announced new set-top box system-on-a-chip solutions that help manufacturers and cable service providers to offer the latest in interactive HDTV programming, connectivity, whole-home media distribution and advanced 3D user interfaces to the North American market. 
The new Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA)-integrated BCM7125 and BCM7119 single-chip, multi-format HD DOCSIS 2.0 compatible solutions feature advanced functionality and services, including multi-room HD DVR capabilities and advanced 3D graphics user interfaces. The company said that these solutions will usher in the next evolution of the connected home.
Broadcom (News - Alert) said that by designing low-power, cost-effective MoCA-integrated solutions, it’s meeting both consumer and service provider demand for integrated in-home multimedia distribution services such as multi-room HD DVR.
The company’s latest cable STB technology integrates MoCA 1.1 support, Tru2Way Cablecard support, dual integrated 1GHz cable tuners and DOCSIS 2.0 compatible modems. Company officials said that it reduces the power and overall system cost while enabling advanced services, including multi-room HD DVR capabilities, HDTV interactivity, 3D user interfaces.
Additionally, the STB technology features integrated dynamic power management controllers that provide an efficient power management system, capable of managing and shutting down unused system components in real-time, said officials.
The key BCM7125 and BCM7119 features include flexible software support for new subscriber applications that use Native UI, OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP), Adobe Flash platform for the Digital Home, Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA), and DTCP-IP security. 
In addition to featuring the same functionality as the BCM7119, the BCM7125 cable STB SoC includes an integrated MoCA 1.1 interface that enables service providers to offer innovative whole-home digital media distribution services over coax.
Company officials said that both the BCM7125 and BCM7119 cable STB SoC solutions support DLNA hat facilitates sharing of digital content between DLNA-enabled devices throughout the home.
Dan Marotta, senior vice president and general manager for Broadband Communications Group at Broadcom, said that the new cable set-top box solutions will enable manufacturers and service providers to offer their customers advanced HD programming and popular services like multi-room DVR.
“Broadcom continues to fuel the technical innovation to drive the transition to the connected home with integration and performance levels that will reduce energy consumption and overall product cost,” he said.

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri