Sunday, December 2, 2007

Broadcom Designs Single-Chip, Real-Time, HD Video/Audio Encoder/Transcoder

Broadcom introduced a single-chip, real-time, high definition (HD) encoder/transcoder solution based on 65 nanometer (nm) technology and designed for a wide range of consumer devices with varying video and audio formats.

The single-chip Broadcom BCM7043 solves the industry problem of being able to share non-compatible video and audio content by transcoding (or matching) it to the proper format being used by a particular playback device. It handles the encoding and transcoding of content in cable, satellite, IPTV and terrestrial set-top boxes, portable media players, cell phones, home media centers, personal video recorders, digital video recorders, HD DVD, Blu-ray Disc and universal DVD players/recorders, and personal computers. It also provides the encoding and transcoding foundation for future devices that support H.264/AVC, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4SP video compression.

The new device utilizes a broad range of in-production capabilities currently found in Broadcom's set-top box and digital TV SoCs, including an advanced video decoder that supports high definition AVC, MPEG-2, VC-1, MPEG-4, and DVD playback; a security processor; an advanced video pre-processor; and audio codecs that enable the highest performing platform for robust, high quality encoding and transcoding of connected home devices.