Broadcom Expands Its Hybrid IP Set-Top Box Family with the Addition of New High Definition Decoders

BEIJING, March 20 /PRNewswire/ --

New System-on-a-Chip Solutions Enable Manufacturers to Develop a Complete Range of Single and Multi-Room IPTV Solutions

BEIJING, March 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CCBN 2009 -- Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced the expansion of its Internet protocol (IP) set-top box (STB) family with a range of highly integrated, system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions. These new offerings will enable manufacturers to rapidly design and deploy next generation performance- and feature-optimized hybrid cable, terrestrial and digital subscriber line (DSL) IP STB products for the connected digital home. These new products, which offer a streamlined feature set targeting single, multi-format high definition (HD) decode, including support for China's audio/video standard (AVS), will be demonstrated at this week's China Content Broadcasting Network (CCBN) Conference in Booth #3501.

According to In-Stat market research, the potential global market for telecommunications (telco) television subscribers is expected to grow three-fold by the end of 2012, from 23 million subscribers in 2008 to approximately 71.6 million subscribers with over 40 percent of telco TV subscribers in the Asia/Pacific region. "Telco TV continues to grow as new operators launch services in conjunction with existing players increasing their footprint, penetration, content and range of services," said Michelle Abraham, principal analyst at In-Stat.

Service providers are demanding a broader range of STB solutions to address whole-home connected entertainment environments that include a high-end media gateway in the living room along with mid-to-lower-range thin client devices in "second" rooms such as bedrooms or dens. Consumers expect more advanced features from their set-top boxes, such as shared/networked digital video recorder (DVR) capabilities, that allow multiple users to store, time shift or access content from media servers or residential gateways for playback on STBs anywhere in the home. Additionally, both service providers and users demand support for more intuitive interfaces, guides and a host of new applications with a consistent look and feel across a range of STBs in the home.

To address this growing market opportunity, Broadcom announces an expanded SoC family that builds upon the field proven and successful BCM7405 premium IPTV chip. These new devices deliver complementary, streamlined feature sets for mid-range and thin client applications, supporting single or multi-room TV delivery and distribution. With both media server and thin client devices using this chip family, STB manufacturers can leverage a common hardware and software architecture, accelerating time-to-market for multi-room solutions. This product family also enables service providers additional options to deploy single or networked multi-room IPTV services, from basic standard definition (SD) and HD download and play, to streaming video-on-demand (VoD), Web browsing and widget support for whole-home DVR and other advanced media sharing applications.

At CCBN 2009, Broadcom is introducing two new HD solutions, the BCM7205 and BCM7206, and a new SD solution, the BCM7466. All chips feature multi-format video support with an MPEG-4/VC-1/MPEG-2/AVS-compliant HD video decoder. The BCM7205/BCM7206 solutions are designed for the needs of the mid-range single HD decode STB, providing significant bill-of-materials (BOM) cost optimizations for this segment of the market. Similarly, the BCM7466 is designed for the entry-level SD output segment of the STB market.

"Leveraging our proven track record and market leadership in set-top box technologies, this expanded product family enables telecommunications providers to tailor a wide range of services with Broadcom-enabled IPTV platforms," said Dan Marotta, Senior Vice President & General Manager for Broadcom's Broadband Communications Group. "By offering our customers more product choices by leveraging a common architecture, we believe this will enable them to rapidly deliver targeted IP STB solutions in a market that has a highly diverse set of requirements."

Technical Information

The BCM7205 and BCM7206 are multi-format IPTV SoCs that support up to 1080p resolution and are optimized to support the essential features of a single HD decode IP or hybrid IP set-top box. They combine a high performance 1100-DMIPS MIPS32(R)/MIPS16e(TM) class CPU, high-speed 2D graphics processor, a very flexible data transport processor, an MPEG-4/VC-1/MPEG-2/AVS-compliant video decoder, a programmable audio decoder, six video digital-to-analog converters (DACs), stereo high fidelity DACs, HDMIv.1.3/HDCP1.2 support, a Fast Ethernet port with an integrated physical layer (PHY) device, dual USB 2.0 ports, a PCI 2.3 expansion bus, a high-speed 32-bit DDR2 800MHz memory controller and a peripheral control unit that provides a variety of set-top box input/output (I/O) control functions. The BCM7205 also supports a SATA-II port.

The BCM7466 has similar capabilities as the BCM7206 but is optimized to support SD and ED output resolutions, HDMIv.1.3/HDCP1.2 (up to 480p/576p) and video DAC support for S-video and composite video. It also supports dual-SD decode with picture-in-picture (PIP) output.

The three new chips support DVR time shift functionality via USB-attached storage or NAND flash.

Availability and Pricing

The BCM7205, BCM7206 and BCM7466 IP set-top box single-chip solutions are now sampling to early access customers. Pricing is available upon request.

About Broadcom

Broadcom Corporation is a major technology innovator and global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom products enable the delivery of voice, video, data and multimedia to and throughout the home, the office and the mobile environment. We provide the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip and software solutions to manufacturers of computing and networking equipment, digital entertainment and broadband access products, and mobile devices. These solutions support our core mission: Connecting everything(R).

Broadcom is one of the world's largest fabless semiconductor companies, with 2008 revenue of $4.66 billion, and holds over 3,100 U.S. and over 1,400 foreign patents, more than 7,600 additional pending patent applications, and one of the broadest intellectual property portfolios addressing both wired and wireless transmission of voice, video, data and multimedia.

Broadcom is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and has offices and research facilities in North America, Asia and Europe. Broadcom may be contacted at +1.949.926.5000 or at www.broadcom.com.

Cautions regarding Forward Looking Statements:

All statements included or incorporated by reference in this release, other than statements or characterizations of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, estimates and projections about our industry and business, management's beliefs, and certain assumptions made by us, all of which are subject to change. Forward-looking statements can often be identified by words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "predicts," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "may," "will," "should," "would," "could," "potential," "continue," "ongoing," similar expressions, and variations or negatives of these words. Examples of such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the demand for high definition and standard definition set-top box products, our position in that market, and the timing of volume production for BCM7205, BCM7206 and BCM7466 IPTV set-top box SoC solutions. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause our actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statement.

Important factors that may cause such a difference for Broadcom in connection with BCM7205, BCM7206 and BCM7466 IPTV set-top box SoC solutions include, but are not limited to

    --  the rate at which our present and future customers and end-users adopt
        Broadcom's technologies and products in the markets for next generation
        set-top box applications;
    --  delays in the adoption and acceptance of industry standards in those
        markets;
    --  general economic and political conditions and specific conditions in the
        markets we address, including the volatility in the technology sector
        and semiconductor industry, trends in the broadband communications
        markets in various geographic regions, including seasonality in sales of
        consumer products into which our products are incorporated, and possible
        disruption in commercial activities related to terrorist activity or
        armed conflict in  the  United  States  and  other  locations;
        --    the  timing  of  customer-industry  qualification  and  certification  of  our
                products  and  the  risks  of  non-qualification  or  non-certification;  and
        --    the  timing,  rescheduling  or  cancellation  of  significant  customer  orders
                and  our  ability,  as  well  as  the  ability  of  our  customers,  to  manage
                inventory.
 

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