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SoCs enable media servers

Posted: 23 Dec 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:residential media servers? SoCs? STB? market report?

In-Stat reports that Broadcom has announced an SoC designed for the emerging residential media server/gateway devices (gateways integrate a broadband modem) that will be entering the market in 2011. The BCM7422 has eight video inputs and integrated MoCA support to process multiple video streams encapsulating in IP if necessary to send out to other IP devices in the home. The SoC is also notable for its ability to decode MVC (Multiview Video Coding) and SVC (Scalable Video Coding).

The SoC is rather similar to Intel's CE4200 which has six video inputs. While neither is used in STBs today, both are being discussed as the encoding scheme for future full HD resolution 3D distribution in the future, since they enable a reduction in the amount of bandwidth required for full HD 3D. MVC is already being used in 3D Blu-ray players.

"The residential media server is an emerging category of STB, also thought of as the master box or server box," says Michelle Abraham, principal analyst, In-Stat. "In-Stat expects residential media servers to be deployed by cable, satellite, and telco pay-TV operators within the next several years. The residential media servers will connect to IP clients in the home, which may be other STBs, networked DTVs, Blu-ray players, game consoles, and mobile devices."

DirecTV is slated to be one of the first to market, having demonstrated its HMC30 box with five tuners that use RVU technology at CEDIA in 2010. Liberty Global is working with Samsung, Intel, NDS, and Nagravision on a multimedia home gateway product for their cable markets. We expect residential media server/gateway products from ADB, Sagemcom, and Technicolor as well. In a few weeks, CES 2011 is likely to bring more announcements on media server products and SoCs.

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