Broadcom's New FastRTV™ Technology Accelerates Digital Television Channel Changes to Near Instantaneous Speeds

FastRTV Technology Enables Cable Providers to Speed Digital Channel Change By Up to 5 Times

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 19 — (PRNewswire) — Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications today announced its revolutionary new FastRTV™ Channel Change Acceleration technology which improves television channel change speeds by up to 5 times. FastRTV technology is now available in a wide range of Broadcom® system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions for digital cable set-top boxes (STBs) and universal digital transport adapters (uDTAs).  Comcast is the first service provider to deploy Broadcom's FastRTV technology in its uDTA deployments to transition from analog to standard definition (SD) digital TV broadcasts.  


  • Broadcom's FastRTV technology provides the following benefits:
    • Enables providers to offer services with significantly accelerated channel change speeds by up to 5 times for digital cable STBs and uDTA deployments.
    • Minimizes delays or pauses as consumers surf through channels.
    • Works with existing conditional access (CA) systems and does not require changes to broadcast streams, which in turn, makes it easier to deploy in both existing and new cable systems.
  • The first Broadcom SoC solution to support FastRTV technology for digital cable TV deployments is the Broadcom BCM7002 cable uDTA SoC:
    • FastRTV technology within the BCM7002 helps providers make the all-digital experience even better for consumers by providing near instantaneous channel changing.
  • Broadcom's FastRTV technology is now available in a wide range of cable SD and HD set-top box SoC solutions as follows:
    • For Broadcom cable STB solutions, FastRTV is included in the BCM7400, BCM7405, BCM7420, BCM7410, BCM7119, BCM7125, BCM7019 and BCM7025.
    • For Broadcom cable DTAs and uDTAs solutions, FastRTV is included in the BCM70xx SD DTA product family and the BCM75xx HD DTA product family.

Supporting Quotes:

Steve Reynolds, Senior Vice President, Customer Premise Equipment, Comcast

"Broadcom's FastRTV technology is an innovative solution that improves the channel change times to nearly instant speeds.  As we continue to transition our customers from analog to digital broadcast, this is a significant benefit in addition to the improved picture quality and increased capacity for advanced services that an all-digital platform offers."

Dan Marotta, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Broadcom's Broadband Communications Group

"Our new FastRTV technology greatly enhances the viewer's TV experience, creating quick channel changes and near instant response time that in turn ends the frustration caused  by slow channel surfing.  Service providers will appreciate an easy deployment that creates a compelling and attractive feature for increasing customer loyalty and satisfaction."

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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®.

Broadcom, one of the world's largest fabless communications semiconductor companies, with 2009 revenue of $4.49 billion, holds more than 4,300 U.S. and 1,800 foreign patents, and has more than 7,900 additional pending patent applications, and one of the broadest intellectual property portfolios addressing both wired and wireless transmission of voice, video, data and multimedia.

A FORTUNE 500® company, 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

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 impact of television channel change acceleration on the viewer's experience.  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 FastRTV channel change acceleration technology include, but are not limited to:

  • the gain or loss of a key customer, design win or order;
  • intellectual property disputes and customer indemnification claims and other types of litigation risk;
  • competitive pressures and other factors such as the qualification, availability and pricing of competing products and technologies and the resulting effects on sales and pricing of our products;
  • the timing of customer-industry qualification and certification of our products and the risks of non-qualification or non-certification; and
  • the effects of natural disasters, public health emergencies, international conflicts and other events beyond our control.

Additional factors that may cause Broadcom's actual results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to the list that can be found at

Our Annual Report on Form 10-K, subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, recent Current Reports on Form 8-K, and other Securities and Exchange Commission filings discuss the foregoing risks as well as other important risk factors that could contribute to such differences or otherwise affect our business, results of operations and financial condition.  The forward-looking statements in this release speak only as of this date. We undertake no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statement, except as required by law.

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