Broadcom unveils entry level HD cable Set-Top Box platform

Telecom Lead America: Broadcom Corporation has introduced
its new 40nm HD cable set-top box (STB) system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions to
meet the growing global demand for entry-level HD STB platforms. 


Using Broadcom’s portfolio of digital cable solutions,
these new products add higher performance processing while lowering power consumption
to Broadcom’s lowest cost HD STB platforms. 


“For higher quality consumer experiences worldwide
our technology also enables connected home capabilities for a multi-screen TV
experience as operator’s transition to advanced services,” said Dan Marotta,
executive VP and general manager, Broadband Communications Group at Broadcom.


With an integrated, scalable and cost-effective design,
the 40nm BCM7581 and BCM7582 cable STB platforms reduce design complexity,
power consumption, size, and overall system costs to enable greater deployment
of HD digital cable boxes throughout the world.


“We are excited to partner with Broadcom
in China’s cable set-top box market and integrate our middleware on
Broadcom’s market-competitive BCM7581 chip platform, Broadcom’s
high-integration and high price-performance solution is very attractive to
Chinese cable operators that see a strong demand for HD set-top boxes
in China,” said Xu, Jiahong, CEO of iPanel.


The new solution boasts on a high-performance CPU with
Floating Point Unit and 2D GPU supporting all popular middleware and user
interface solutions. It has a 1GHz DVB-C tuner with the advanced RF receiver
technology to support the widely varying cable systems worldwide.


The solution also offers high-performance audio processor
supporting all popular advanced audio formats and Broadcom automatic volume
leveling technology. It also offers HDMI 1.4a and component outputs that
support HD displays.


Last year, Broadcom Corporation, announced its 40nm HD Cross-Platform Global Digital TV Transport
Adapter (DTA) system-on-a-chip (SoC) product family.  


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