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Solutions enable HD video playback on media PCs

Posted: 16 Aug 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:HD video playback? media PCs? Blue-ray? HD DVD?

Broadcom Corp. claims that its new media PC solutions that enable flawless playback of high-definition (HD) video content across a wide range of PCs in the industry.

By lowering CPU utilization and integrating seamlessly into Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows XP environments, Broadcom's media PC solutions enable mainstream PCs featuring integrated graphics to play back HD content from either a Blu-ray Disc or HD DVD, as well as from HD downloaded or broadcast content.

"In comparison to other solutions in the market, our media PC technology excels when system cost, power consumption, CPU utilization and fan noise are key factors," said Greg Young, vice president and general manager of Broadcom's high-speed controller business.

The media PC products are said to address the growing consumer demand for high definition content playback on cost-effective mainstream PCs (typically in the price range of $999 to $1,499. According to Broadcom, its media PC technology provides the highest quality video playback of multi-format (VC-1, H.264 and MPEG-2) HD content for the mainstream PC market. With total power consumption of approximately 2W, Broadcom's media PC solutions help extend battery life on notebook PCs, enabling full-length movie playback.

Broadcom's media PC solutions are available in three add-in card formats that include the BCM970012NB for PCIe mini-cards, the BCM970012PQ for PCIe desktops and the BCM970012IC for ExpressCard 34. The new technology is also offered as a chipset that includes the BCM70010 and the BCM70012.

All products are in full production today. Pricing starts at under $40 each in high volumes.

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