Sunday, October 16, 2005

Broadcom Rolls Out Latest Voice over Cable Chip

Broadcom announced the production of its newest voice over cable modem system-on-a-chip (SoC). The device (BCM3368) incorporates the company's new VoIP on Enhanced RISC (VIPER) processor architecture, enabling primary multi-line voice solutions to be implemented without the costly and complicated dual processor, dual memory architectures used in all prior voice over cable modems. Additionally, the VIPER architecture significantly simplifies the development of VoIP solutions, reduces the development costs of DSP programming and reduces time to market. Broadcom expects the integration and performance gains to reduce the component count on primary multi-line voice over cable modems by over 20%.

Broadcom's BCM3368 is based on eight generations of cable modem technology, three generations of DOCSIS 2.0 technology and three generations of voice over cable technology.