Broadcom Leverages Industry Leading Voice over IP, Wireless LAN and Video Multimedia Technologies to Deliver Revolutionary Solution for Video IP Phones
Video phones that are based on Broadcom's new Wi-Fi video phone chipset will change voice communications into a completely new form that is practical and fun. Imagine business travelers saying good night to their children "face-to-face" by simply dialing home, or teenagers being able to compare outfits before they meet up for an evening out together, or families being able to celebrate special occasions together despite the distances that separate them.
The technology landscape surrounding video phones has changed dramatically in recent years, largely due to advances in video compression and voice technology that have eliminated jumpy or blurry images, as well as out-of-sync voice and video. Additionally, the proliferation of broadband and Wi-Fi connections in the home has become commonplace, paving the way for the further adoption of Internet telephony applications. Broadcom's new Wi-Fi video phone chipset and associated software enables video telephony to come of age, both in quality and in price.
"The age of video telephony is finally here. Our ability to integrate several of Broadcom's leading technologies will enable our customers to bring to market cost-effective, low-power video phones with world-class video quality," said Paul Shore, Director of Marketing of Broadcom's VoIP phone products. "Video phones on the market today lack the price point and video quality needed for mass market adoption - our new chipset and software will radically improve both of these key market drivers, establishing Broadcom as the market leader in video IP phones."
Broadcom's New Wi-Fi Video Phone Chipset
Broadcom's new Wi-Fi video phone chipset, available in production today, includes the BCM1161 mobile VoIP processor; the BCM4318E AirForce One(TM) Single-Chip 802.11b/g WLAN solution; and the BCM2702 VideoCore(R) multimedia processor. The chipset also includes Broadcom's VoIP, video, and Wi-Fi software integrated into a single software package for the design of full-featured Wi-Fi video phone handheld and desktop products.
The Wi-Fi video phone chipset provides key features required for high-quality video and voice communication products. This includes support for high-resolution video communication standards including H.264 and H.263, video rates of up to 30 frames per second, and QCIF to CIF full-duplex video resolutions for sharp, smooth digital video that is interoperable with other devices and applications. It also includes an integrated display controller that is capable of supporting a range of LCD displays, as well as PAL/NTSC TV-Out. The BCM4318E WLAN device supports WMM (a wireless quality of service protocol that gives priority to voice and video packets), WPA(TM)/WPA2 security, Broadcom's SecureEasySetup(TM) software, which provides device configuration with the touch of a button, and Broadcom's BroadRange(TM) technology for improved wireless range and coverage.
Broadcom's Wi-Fi PhonexChange(TM) software is a critical part of the solution. Building upon its proven success in millions of deployed VoIP-enabled devices, the software integrates video with minimized end-to-end communications delays and exceptional video/voice synchronization for a high-quality video experience. A full-duplex speakerphone with high-fidelity voice for natural and clear communications is supported. The software also provides consumers with much more than video communications, supporting access to a range of software multimedia features that include image capture and display, video recording and playback, and music player capabilities.
Broadcom's Wi-Fi video phone chipset is currently in production and a reference design and software platform are available today to Early Access Partners. The reference development platform, the BCM91161VP, can help customers to rapidly develop both handheld and desktop Wi-Fi phone products. The platform includes a 30 frame per second video camera and color LCD display in a handheld phone housing. It also includes Broadcom's xChange(TM) VoIP software suite, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) call signaling stack, WLAN OneDriver(TM) and a Linux(R) OS-based board support package, including drivers and software development tools.
Broadcom will be demonstrating the new Wi-Fi video phone platform at this week's International CES 2006 in Las Vegas, at the company's demo suite in Meeting Room #35781, South Hall 4. Volume pricing is available upon request.
Broadcom Corporation is a global leader in wired and wireless broadband communications semiconductors. Our products enable the convergence of high-speed data, high definition video, voice and audio at home, in the office and on the go. Broadcom provides manufacturers of computing and networking equipment, digital entertainment and broadband access products, and mobile devices with the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip and software solutions. These solutions support our core mission: Connecting everything(R).
Broadcom is one of the world's largest fabless semiconductor companies, with annual revenue of more than $2 billion. The company is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., with offices and research facilities in North America, Asia and Europe. Broadcom may be contacted at 1-949-450-8700 or at www.broadcom.com.
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