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HD transcoder performs changes in real-time

Posted: 06 Dec 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:transcoder high-definition? content audio video? Broadcom BCM7043?

Samples of the BCM7043, a 65nm real-time, high-definition (HD) encoder/transcoder that can change the format, bit rate and resolution of audio/video content in real-time, are now available from Broadcom Corp.

The single-chip transcoder enables a wide range of consumer devices, with varying video and audio formats, to share a wide variety of video and audio content while maintaining a high degree of digital rights management and security. The BCM7043 captures audio and video content and reconciles disparate video and audio content in cable, satellite and IPTV STBs, home media centers, portable media players, cellphones and a wide range of entertainment devices for the connected home.

The BCM7043 enables systems to share non-compatible video and audio content by transcoding (or matching) it to the proper format being used by a particular playback device. It provides up-to-date foundational technology for encoding and transcoding content in cable, satellite, IPTV and terrestrial set-top boxes, portable media players, cell phones, home media centers, personal video recorders, digital video recorders, HD DVD, Blu-ray disc and universal DVD players/recorders, and PCs.

The BCM7043 also provides the encoding and transcoding foundation for future devices that support H.264/AVC, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4SP video compression.

The BCM7043 incorporates an advanced encoding engine and uses a broad range of in-production capabilities currently found in Broadcom's set-top box and digital TV SoCs, including an advanced video decoder that supports high definition AVC, MPEG-2, VC-1, MPEG-4, and DVD playback; a security processor; an advanced video pre-processor; and audio codecs.

- Ismini Scouras

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