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Cable Technology Feature Article

February 08, 2010

Broadcom Debuts BCM7002 DTA Solution

By Nathesh, TMCnet Contributor

Broadcom, a provider of semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, has stated that their newly unveiled BCM7002 DTA solution is capable of letting cable operators to transition analog cable subscribers to an all-digital service enabling expanded network capacity. This will allow cable operators to offer more value added services such as high definition content, video on demand and higher speed DOCSIS 3.0 data and voice service.
Designed in an ultra small form factor, the BCM7002 is also claimed to be industry’s first Digital Transport Adapter 4.0 system-on-a-chip solution that features an integrated tuner and switchable content protection.
The switchable content protection feature allows a single device to be used with multiple security systems – one product can be deployed on a number of security networks, supporting multiple security systems and easily moved from one network to another without any changes. The solution also has built-in support for Comcast's (News - Alert) latest DTA 4.0 specification as well as the DTA requirements for most North American cable operators.
Multiple service operators (MSOs) with QAM signal reception, analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) and digital-to-analog converters (DACs) adhere to SCTE-40 specification in order to bring down materials costs and also fasten the deployment of low cost converter solutions demanded by North American cable operators. The BCM7002 features a 1 GHz SCTE-40+ cable tuner added into it that exceeds that specification.
BCM7002 also includes an integrated transport processor, an MPEG-2 video decoder, a Broadcast Television Systems Committee (BTSC) audio encoder, a Dolby MPEG-2 audio decoder, and a single National Television Systems Committee (NTSC) video encoder with analog output.
Dan Marotta, Executive Vice President & General Manager of Broadcom's (News - Alert) Broadband Communications Group has commented that the BCM7002 leverages their proven track record and market leadership in supplying highly integrated SoC solutions for the DTA market that offer significant consumer benefits including very small form factors and ultra low power requirements.
Recently Broadcom announced new multi-format HD Euro and SiTel collaborated with Broadcom on first single-chip ADSL2+ IAD.

Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Erin Harrison