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Hybrid satellite/terrestrial SoC broadcast devices for STBs

Posted: 11 Sep 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Broadcom? terrestrial SoC? STB? hybrid satellite? HEVC?

Broadcom Corp. has uncloaked what it flaunts as the world's first family of eight hybrid satellite and terrestrial SoC broadcast devices for set-top boxes (STBs). According to the company, the series is engineered with pin-to-pin compatibility, allowing a single set-top design to be leveraged across the entire family.

The series brings Broadcom's high efficiency video compression (HEVC) technology to terrestrial markets, enabling broadcasters to use spectrum more efficiently than with current MPEG-4 video compression standards. As a result, broadcasters gain options to deliver more competitive channel line-ups and improved content quality through the same or lower spectrum footprint, the company stated. Broadcom's family of devices also combines HEVC with the advanced modulation efficiencies of DVB-S2, DVB-T2, ISDB-T and ATSC, and high-performance IP connectivity with MoCA 2.0. This level of integration provides STB makers a compelling value proposition for broadcasters as they continue service upgrades.

Broadcom's hybrid DBS/terrestrial device family is DVB-S2 compliant and has an integrated DBS full band capture (FBC) front-end receiver, with a single FBC tuner and one to two DVB-S2 demodulators. It is also compliant with digital terrestrial standards including ISDB-T (Brazil, Latin America, the Philippines, Botswana and Japan), ATSC (North America and Korea) and DVB-T2 for hybrid STB access (Europe and South Africa). In addition, it has an integrated MoCA 2.0, features an HDMI 2.0 and component output, and integrates a B15 ARMv7-CPU, 5K DMIPS (BCM7364) and 2K DMIPS (BCM73649). It provides HEVC decode 1080p60 (10bit) with 4K-x-2Kp60 upscale, flaunts an OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics engine, and is full pin- and software-compatible.

Broadcom's hybrid DBS/terrestrial device family is available in both integrated MoCA and non-MoCA versions and is presently sampling.

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