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Broadcom unveils DVD player/recorder reference design

Posted: 13 Jan 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:broadcom? high definition? hd? reference design? dvd?

Broadcom Corp., a provider of highly integrated semiconductor solutions, announced a high definition (HD) DVD player/recorder reference design targeted at the HD consumer DVD equipment market.

The press release states that the new reference design leverages the company's expertise in developing silicon implementations of the h.264 video compression technology, which is a standards-based technology that enables the development of HD DVD players, recorders and personal video recorders (PVRs).

One of the key enabling technologies of the new BCM97435 HD DVD reference design is the BCM7411 MPEG-4/AVC video decoder/audio processor chip. This device supports the H.264 video compression standard, and is designed to improve video compression performance by a factor of two to three times when compared to existing MPEG-2 solutions. According to the company, this improved performance provides greater digital media capacity for storing video and audio programs on DVDs and hard disk drives.

The BCM97435 showcases three of Broadcom's components in a highly efficient and cost-effective design. The components include the BCM7038 dual-channel high definition digital video chip, the BCM7411 MPEG-4/AVC video decoder/audio processor chip, and the BCM3520 plug-and-play digital TV receiver chip. In addition, the reference design features a complete suite of software that provides OEMs with PVR capabilities, DVD navigation (standard and high definition), and DVD burn and EPG (electronic program guide) functions.

"The BCM97435 HD DVD reference design represents an important milestone in this nascent consumer platform as it allows OEMs to quickly and cost-effectively transition to HD DVD applications," said Peter Besen, VP, Consumer Electronics of Broadcom's Broadband Communications Group.

The BCM97435 supports playback as well as a combination of player/recorder capabilities. It also supports next-generation DVD standards that are being defined by the DVD Forum and Blu-ray Disc Association. These new standards include HD video support, advanced video codecs (such as MPEG-4 Part 10/AVC), blue laser drive support, network connectivity and advanced DVD navigation features. The reference design also supports the OpenCable standard, which is a specification that allows consumers to directly record digital content unto their DVD recorders and PVRs without requiring STBs.

Already available, the BCM97435 reference design also includes a software architecture that is designed to allow OEMs and strategic partners to integrate their value added components unto the reference design platform. The BCM7038 digital video chip, the BCM7411 MPEG-4/AVC video decoder/audio processor chip and the BCM3520 digital TV receiver chip are all available for sampling.

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