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September 12, 2014

Vodafone Brings In-Home 4K Content to Germany with Broadcom IPTV Set-top Box

By Meenakshi Shankar, TMCnet Contributor

Ultra HD continues to gain momentum throughout the world as it offers an excellent viewing experience and high picture quality. Semiconductor solutions provider Broadcom Corporation (News - Alert) disclosed that its Ultra HD set-top box technology has been chosen by Vodafone Germany, to deliver broadband subscribers in Germany with Ultra HD content.

Vodafone (News - Alert) Germany expects to offer its 4K IPTV set-top box to consumers in the first half of 2015.

Ultra HD content requires more efficient bandwidth to deliver uninterrupted 4K. Broadcom's high efficiency video coding (HEVC)-enabled chipsets can significantly accelerate the transmission of 4K content, allowing operators and users to receive Ultra HD content.

As per the agreement, Broadcom's BCM7252 device will now allow Vodafone to use bandwidth more efficiently and facilitate uninterrupted delivery of 4K at half of the bit rate previously required.

Key Features of the Broadcom BCM7252 Ultra HD SoC include, dual-core Brahma15 10000 DMIP CPU, 2180p60,quad 1080p60 HEVC decode ,dual HD AVC encode, Integrated peripherals, including USB 3.0, PCIe, Gigabit Ethernet, DDR3/DDR4 system memory interface. Also, the chipset enables more efficient operator content delivery for increased footprint, higher resolution or additional channels.

"Broadcom's pioneering Ultra HD technology will enable Ultra HD content for millions of potential Vodafone's fixed broadband subscribers," Rich Nelson, senior vice president of Marketing, Broadband & Connectivity Group, Broadcom said in a statement.

Nelson also ensured that Broadcom's BCM7252 SoC will now allow Vodafone to bring crystal-clear Ultra HD definition content to consumer's home TV sets for the first time in Germany.

Broadcom products deliver voice, video, data and multimedia connectivity in the home, office and mobile environments.  

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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