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January 05, 2011

Broadcom Extends Next Generation Internet at Home

Broadcom Corporation , providing semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, announced nine new cable, satellite and IP set-top box (STB) system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions that will now provide multiple ways for consumers to experience the next generation Internet while connected from home, featuring full resolution 3DTV. 

The company noted that all nine of Broadcom's (News - Alert) new STB SoC solutions are designed in 40 nanometer (nm) CMOS process and feature high integration, high performance and lower overall system cost. 

Broadcom's new technology features support for Internet-based whole-home connectivity applications and services, a high performance application processor and support for full resolution HD 3DTV capabilities (including MPEG H.264 scalable and multiview video coding (SVC/MVC) standards, in addition to an OpenGL ES 2.0 3D graphics processing unit (GPU) for advanced 3D graphics). 

Broadcom also provides extensive application libraries that enable rich Internet-based TV experiences using widely adopted industry standards, as well as support for the proliferation of high definition and 3DTV video content and web-based services.  

In a release, Dan Marotta, executive vice president and general manager of Broadcom's Broadband Communications Group said: "We are at the cutting-edge of redefining the user experience in the connected home ecosystem with support for full resolution HD 3DTV and web-based software applications for a rich Internet-based TV experience. As service providers expand their home media networks, Broadcom's new 40nm high performance STB platforms are targeted to meet specific market requirements and price points, and all share a common core architecture that can be leveraged across multiple platforms for cost and power efficiencies."

Broadcom's new STB SoCs will be demonstrated at this week's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Since common core architectures are shared, each new STB platform helps consumer electronics manufacturers and service providers to quickly and more easily develop software and hardware solutions that can be leveraged across a wide range of devices. 

Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Calvin’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

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