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STB SoC delivers high def at low cost

Posted: 08 Jan 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:STB SoC? MoCA? high-definition STB?

Broadcom Corp. has unveiled the BCM7408 client high-definition (HD) STB SoC solution to its Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) product family. When paired with a media server or IP gateway solution enabled by Broadcom technology (such as the BCM7420 video decoder SoC with integrated MoCA), the BCM7408 client SoC solution enables manufacturers to leverage the company's extensive connected home software suite and low-cost design to lead the deployment of whole-home connected entertainment services such as multi-room HD DVR.

Integrated MoCA 1.1 enables the distribution of high quality digital multimedia content throughout the home over existing coaxial cable enabling subscribers to securely access, store and share a wide array of digital media content including HD programs, video-on-demand, HD DVR recordings, Internet content, video, music, photos and VoIP.

Comprehensive software support for compelling subscriber applications includes RVU Alliance's remote user interface (RUI) technology, CEA-2014 RUI client, OpenCable Application Platform, and Adobe Flash Platform for the digital home. This flexible software platform enables appealing interactive digital television, networked DVR functionality and IP video applications.

Integrated Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) technology support enables consumers to locate and enjoy digital content anywhere on their home network and effortlessly move or stream this content between DLNA-connected devices.

Integrated dynamic and very efficient power management controllers are capable of managing and shutting down unused system components in real-time. Even in the lowest power modes, the BCM7408 (and the BCM7420 video decoder) can continue to remain aware of network events in the home enabling these SoCs to quickly respond to network and user inputs.

Additional features include single 16bit DDR2/3 capability for low cost and small footprint design, ultra high frequency remote control for flexible and aesthetic installation options, 3D graphics support to enable dynamic and customizable user interfaces for flipping, rotating and moving images and USB 2.0 and MII port options for optional connectivity.

The Broadcom BCM7408 thin client STB SoC solution is currently sampling to STB manufacturers.

- Jean-Pierre Joosting
EE Times Europe

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