Wednesday, January 4, 2006

Broadcom to Provide MPEG-4/AVC Chipsets for EchoStar, DIRECTV

EchoStar Communications Corporation and its DISH Network satellite TV service have selected Broadcom's MPEG-4/AVC chipset solutions for two MPEG-4-specific set-top box products currently in volume production. The first product is the DISH Network ViP 211, which is DISH Network's first ever MPEG-4/AVC set-top box launched in December 2005. This product supports both HD and SD video in both MPEG-4/AVC as well as MPEG-2. The second product is EchoStar's flagship ViP 622, which is an MPEG-4/AVC set-top box with dual HD decoding that is capable of supporting multiple televisions within the home and that also incorporates digital video recording (DVR) capabilities.

DIRECTV's digital HDTV set-top boxes are also using Broadcom's MPEG-4/AVC silicon. Production versions of Broadcom MPEG-4/AVC chips were provided to LG Electronics in October 2005, enabling it to incorporate Broadcom's powerful video compression functionality into its LG-manufactured set-top boxes for DIRECTV.

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