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September 17, 2013

Broadcom Unveils New HEVC Chipsets to Proliferate UltraHD Subscriber Hardware and Content

By Nathesh, TMCnet Contributor

With the newly released HEVC chipsets from Broadcom (News - Alert) Corporation, operators and OEMs can now seamlessly release UltraHD subscriber hardware and content and support their objectives to realize increased footprint, higher resolution and additional channels.

Rich Nelson, senior vice president of marketing at Broadcom, commented, “Broadcom first pioneered UltraHD technology with the introduction of the BCM7445, the world’s first 4Kx2K TV home gateway chip, in January of this year. With the launch of today’s HEVC chipset series, Broadcom continues to demonstrate its commitment to proliferating HEVC across the broadest possible product range and to support our customer requirements to drive this technology quickly into the market, particularly as lower-cost UltraHD TVs drive consumer awareness.”

The new high efficiency video coding (HEVC) chipsets from Broadcom should help OEMs and operators to benefit from the falling UltraHD TV prices and have access to more options for end-point delivery of UltraHD/4k content. Broadcom’s advanced Trellis set-top box multi-application software framework with secure hardware sandboxing should also help them add new services via intelligent system partitioning and management.

Broadcom explained that the newly unveiled BCM7251 is a system-on-a-chip (SoC) for multi-HD/UltraHD IP set-top boxes (STBs) that integrates the HEVC or H.265 standard, which enables more UltraHD content. It also incorporates Dual Display, a feature that enables presentation of two simultaneous video channels from the same STB via independent HDMI outputs and remote control devices.

While the new BCM7438 is offered as an HEVC MoCA 2.0 companion IP client solution for use with MoCA 2.0 video gateways.

The company had previously released the BCM7445 UltraHD SoC which was purported as its first step to delivering UltraHD TV into the home with the performance and picture quality needed for the evolution in multi-screen connected home entertainment.

Broadcom asserted that it is leveraging HEVC, Quad 1080p transcoding, quad-core CPU, gigabit networking speeds and web domain security to significantly improve the TV viewing experience and at the same time make UltraHD video delivery economics accessible to service providers.

Edited by Ryan Sartor

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