Saturday, January 5, 2008

Broadcom and Microsoft Collaborate on IPTV System-on-a-Chip

Microsoft and Broadcom are working together to enable Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV client software to operate on next-generation set-top boxes (STBs) utilizing the Broadcom BCM7405 system on a chip (SOC). The companies said their collaboration will permit service providers and original equipment manufacturers to support a range of features such as whole-home digital video recording (DVR), high-performance user interfaces, and photo and music sharing.

Broadcom and Microsoft are also working to help ensure security functionality on this new platform.

Broadcom said its BCM74xx series SOCs can also be embedded into other consumer devices to allow users to choose from a variety of IPTV-ready receivers such as HD DVD players and television sets.