Broadcom Debuts Multi-standard Ultra HD Chip Family

First Set-top Box SoCs to Integrate Google VP9 Video Compression Standard

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6, 2015 — (PRNewswire) — CES International 2015 -- Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today announced two new Ultra High Definition (Ultra HD) system-on-a-chip (SoC) devices that support Google's VP9 open video compression standard. Supporting client and media gateway set-top box (STB) applications, the BCM7251S and BCM7252S extend Broadcom's Ultra HD portfolio by adding VP9 decode support while introducing support for up to 60 frames per second on the new codec. Visit Broadcom's 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) site to learn more at

Broadcom's integration of the Google VP9 standard will allow users to stream 4K YouTube content to their set-top boxes and display to a TV. The codec provides up to 50 percent bitrate reduction for comparable quality compared to the previous VP8 standard and enables a significant new source of Ultra HD content in this rapidly growing market.

"As consumer interest in Ultra HD continues to grow, VP9 compression for streaming Ultra HD content on the web opens a new avenue for viewers to experience and engage in 4K," said Rich Nelson, Broadcom Senior Vice President of Marketing, Broadband & Connectivity Group. "Broadcom continues to build a flexible portfolio of devices with VP9 and HEVC compression standards to proliferate Ultra HD worldwide by enabling additional avenues for high-quality content consumption, such as YouTube."

Combined with the BCM4366, Broadcom's latest 5G WiFi device, the BCM7252S wirelessly delivers a fluid and life-like Ultra HD viewing experience throughout the home. The BCM4366 device provides 4x4 5G WiFi connectivity via a high-speed PCIe interface and incorporates multiple 802.11ac Wave 2 features to deliver up to a 4X speed boost compared to a traditional access point. It also significantly increases the reliability and robustness of the wireless content delivery.

Key Features of the Broadcom® BCM7251S Ultra HD SoC

  • High-performance dual-core Brahma15 10k DMIPS CPU
  • 2.7Gpix/s OGLES2.0 3D  GPU
  • Dual 800 Mpix/s 2D GPUs
  • 4Kp60 HEVC and VP9 decode
  • Quad 1080p60 HEVC and VP9 decode
  • Advanced security core for HD and Ultra HD content, including watermarking
  • High-performance connectivity peripherals, including USB 3.0, SATA III and Gigabit Ethernet
  • PCIe connectivity to Broadcom BCM4366 4x4 carrier-grade Wi-Fi
  • High Performance 32-bit DDR3/DDR4 system memory interface
  • HDMI 2.0 transmit and receive with HDCP 2.2

Key Features of the Broadcom® BCM7252S Ultra HD SoC

  • High-performance dual-core Brahma15 12k DMIPS CPU
  • Next-generation 2.7Gpix/s 3D OGLES3.1 GPU
  • Dual HD AVC encode
  • Additional 32-bit DDR3/DDR4 system memory interface


Broadcom's BCM7251S and BCM7252S Ultra HD SoCs are currently sampling.

About Broadcom
Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a FORTUNE 500® company, is a global leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom® products seamlessly deliver voice, video, data and multimedia connectivity in the home, office and mobile environments.  With the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip solutions, Broadcom is changing the world by connecting everything®.  For more information, go to

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