Cable Technology Feature Article
January 05, 2010
Broadcom Enables Affordable IP Digital Services with New STB System-On-A-Chip Solutions
By Nathesh, TMCnet Contributor
Broadcom (News - Alert), a provider of semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, has announced that through the company’s newly released set-top-box SoC solutions, advanced IP digital entertainment services can be offered in a cost-effective, high performance and compact package.
The solutions are designed to help service providers expand their existing IPTV (News - Alert) services such as networked DVR and IP video services cost-effectively.
The newly released IP STB SoC solutions are BCM7208 and BCM7468. The 7208 has been designed for high definition applications whereas the 7468 is for standard definition applications.
Broadcom has stated that the BCM7208 integrates 1080p60 output supporting high quality HD programming and supports HDMI 1.3 output and features support for cost effective memory technologies incorporating high-speed DDR3, for decoding HD content, high capacity bulk MLC/SLC NAND, SDIO and serial NOR controller technology. The solution is also compatible with major media formats including DivX, RealMedia Variable Bitrate, or “RMVB,” China's audio video coding standard, or “AVS (News - Alert),” as well as MPEG-2, AVC and VC-1.
The BCM7468 IP STB SoC solution offers similar technology advantages to the BCM7208, however, it addresses the existing requirements for the large base of legacy standard definition analog TVs in the market. The solution supports DVD-quality output of up to 480p for enhanced definition viewing and SD + SD picture-in-picture, or “PIP,” capabilities and HDMI 1.3 output and integrates a full HDMI1.3 transmitter to support low cost sub-HD LED panels up to 480/576p resolution.
Both the new SoC solutions are built with power management controllers and regulators and are capable of offering flexible and configurable standby and active modes of operation.
According to Broadcom officials, these new solutions clearly demonstrate their continued commitment to strengthening our range of IP-connected set-top box solutions. In response to their customers’ evolving needs for low cost client and devices, they are pleased to offer these products as an important element to enabling the connected home.
Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.
Edited by Kelly McGuire