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March 11, 2013

New Broadcom DTA SoC Offers North American Cable Operators a Competitive Advantage

By Rory Lidstone, TMCnet Contributing Writer

Broadcom (News - Alert), a provider of semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today unveiled a new breakthrough cable digital-transport adapter (DTA) system-on-a-chip (SoC) that includes integrated Full-Band Capture technology.

This product offers North American cable operators an advantage not only in deploying HD-DTA advanced digital cable services, but also in meeting FCC (News - Alert) requirements.

"Broadcom's breakthrough E-DTA offering is designed to provide cable operators with a competitive advantage, offering enhanced basic digital cable services to consumers with streaming to a range of in-home IP video consumer electronics devices," said Dan Marotta, executive vice president and general manager of Broadband Communications Group, in a statement. "With the expansion of our product line, North American operators have a compelling new option to reduce costs by digitizing valuable spectrum and providing exciting new services for consumers."

Dubbed the BCM7576, this fifth-generation DTA SoC allows cable operators to provide enhanced basic digital HD services, as well as user features competitive with IP and over-the-top (OTT) video service providers, while reducing operational support costs.

It also modifies existing cable features, such as fast channel change, advance user interfaces and IP streaming.

Furthermore, the BCM7576's integrated Full-Band Capture digital tuner technology can deliver up to four programs simultaneously by directly digitizing the entire 1GHz cable spectrum and replacing multiple tuners.

Meanwhile, an integrated IP Mini Server can convert linear content to IP for streaming over DLNA over a home network.

Other key features of the BCM7576 include a high performance CPU, support for OpenGLES2.0 3D, four QAM demodulators, integrated power management, enhanced security architecture, and advanced diagnostics with RF spectrum analyzer.

Earlier in March, Broadcom was ranked the number one vendor in three ABI Research Competitive Assessments, including overall wireless connectivity ICs, Bluetooth ICs and Wi-Fi ICs.

Also this month, Broadcom partnered with Norton by Symantec to help consumers protect and manage their home networks and Internet-connected devices, by leveraging Norton's security technology and Broadcom's BCM4708x series of 5G Wi-Fi home router platform.

Edited by Braden Becker

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