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June 14, 2013

Broadcom Tackles All-IP Cable Transition with Integrated Silicon

By Tara Seals, TMCnet Contributor

Broadcom (News - Alert) has released a single-chip solution for cable headless gateways aimed at allowing cable operators to transition to an all-IP video network with a single software interface supporting DOCSIS, voice, routing and legacy set-top box applications.

The BCM3385 headless gateway adds to Broadcom's portfolio of single-chip hybrid video gateway solutions that allow operators to provide all-IP video delivery in the home without head-end upgrades.

"Operators are deploying residential headless gateways to optimize capital expenditures and maximize bandwidth throughout the home," said Dan Marotta, Broadcom's executive vice president and general manager for Broadcom's broadband communications group. "Broadcom's BCM3385 makes headless gateways an even more compelling option by lowering the cost of deployment to better serve customers, while delivering the most complete set of routing and video features available in the marketplace."

Like Broadcom's new hybrid cable gateway SoC, the BCM3385 combines the functionality that typically requires up to five separate integrated devices, and is engineered with a dual-core CPU that optimizes system security while retaining the CPU's high-performance resources.

The BCM3385 SoC also integrates a quad transcoder to enable consumers to stream data services and IP video to a range of devices. By also integrating H.265/HEVC video decoder technology, Broadcom's BCM3385 also transmits high quality video at one-fourth the bandwidth required by MPEG-2 HD, enabling the delivery of Ultra HD content using similar bandwidth as today's MPEG-2 1080p HD.

Edited by Alisen Downey

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