Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Broadcom Introduces MoCA-Integrated Set-Top Box Chip

Broadcom introduced its first high definition (HD) set-top box (STB) system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions with Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) integration. MoCA uses a subscriber's existing in-home coax cable to create a home media distribution network.


"Because coax is already in the bulk of U.S. homes, Broadcom's MoCA-integrated solutions are a low cost and efficient way to network the next generation digital home to enable whole-home media distribution," said Dan Marotta, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Broadcom's Broadband Communications Group. "These solutions satisfy the growing demand for whole-home DVR services, including the ability to record and watch digital content anywhere in the home, while also reducing the cost and complexity of deployment."


The new products include the Broadcom BCM7420 and BCM7410 video decoder SoCs with integrated MoCA technology. The BCM7420 features a dual high definition 1.0/1.1+ MoCA modem, a physical layer (PHY) device and an on-chip radio frequency (RF) transceiver to securely access, store and share multiple types of digital media content. The BCM7410 provides the same capabilities as the BCM7420, but provides single HD media center system integration and/or client STB services (also with an integrated MoCA modem) for a cost effective gateway or client system. Both video decoder SoCs combine 1080p/60 video quality, an integrated 1394a media access controller (MAC) and PHY interface, Tru2way-ready with on-chip MCARD support, and a 3D graphics engine for an advanced user interface.
http://www.broadcom.com

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