Wednesday, January 5, 2005

Broadcom Offers IP Set-top Box with H.264

Broadcom announced a reference design platform for IP set-top boxes incorporating the H.264 advanced video compression technology. The H.264 compression technology (also known as MPEG-4 Part 10/Advanced Video Coding (AVC)) produces digital-quality video streaming at less than 1 Mbps (for standard definition television applications), enabling telecommunications companies to offer high quality digital broadcast services to subscribers over their current network infrastructures.

Broadcom's IP set-top box reference design includes its single-chip IP set-top box decoder and its AVC video decoder/audio processor chip. These chips are combined with the Broadcom ADSL2+ chip. The design supports both the widely deployed MPEG- 2 compression standard and the new emerging H.264 standard. Broadcom's new reference design also enables personal video recording (PVR) in an IP set-top box.


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