Thursday, May 19, 2011

Broadcom Announces 40nm Satellite Set-top box Chip

Broadcom announced its next-generation 40nm high definition (HD) satellite set-top box (STB) system-on-a-chip (SoC) solution. The new device is aimed at low cost HDTV and interactive services to emerging markets such as BRICA (Brazil, Russia, India, China, Africa). For example, Sky Brazil (offers 25 HD channels), Russia's NTV Plus (offers 8 HD channels) and Dish TV India (offers 35 HD channels). The percentage of satellite STBs shipping that support HD in Brazil, Russia and India will grow from 13 percent in 2010 to 57 percent in 2016, according to ABI Research.

The new Broadcom BCM7358 HD satellite STB SoC is a single-channel, 1080p HD advanced video coding (AVC) satellite receiver chip. It features a high performance CPU and graphics engine, DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) connectivity support and advanced security functionality. Sampling is underway.