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Broadcom introduces entry level HD cable STB platforms

MUMBAI: Broadcom which offers semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, has announced the availability of 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.


Engineered for the entry-level international HDTV cable market, the new Broadcom BCM7581 and BCM7582 feature high levels of integration and advanced technology to meet the needs of cable operators across the globe.


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


The key features include:



  • 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.

  • It has a CP with Floating Point Unit and 2D GPU supporting all popular middleware and user interface solutions.

  • There is a 1GHz DVB-C tuner with the advanced RF receiver technology to support the widely varying cable systems worldwide.

  • FastRTV fast channel change technology to uniquely reduce channel change time improving customer satisfaction.

  • There is also an audio processor supporting all popular advanced audio formats and Broadcom automatic volume leveling technology.

  • it has pay-TV security supporting all international cable markets.
     

Research institute Wasu Digital TV Media Group president Zhang Changli said, "HDTV is taking off in China with an increasing supply of premium content including more than 10 HDTV channels and the first 3D TV channel launched in January of this year. To deliver great quality TV content to our subscribers, we really need the high-performance and cost-effective set-top box chip solutions like Broadcom‘s BCM7581 in our deployment."


BDA principal analyst Flora Wu said, "The Chinese government plans to convert 202 million households to digital programming before 2015, paving the way for the expanded network capacity needed to provide additional HD content and advanced services."

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