Broadcom Announces Cost-Optimized Cable HD Set-Top Box SoCs

Thursday, March 21st, 2013 
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Cost-Optimized SoCs Deliver Advanced Multi-Tuner Experiences for Cable Systems Worldwide

  • Integrated Full-Band Capture technology enables IP video content streaming to multiple displays, enhancing services and reducing MSO costs per home
  • Cable to IP mini-server and transcoding technology enables low-cost DLNA streaming and IP video conferencing
  • Support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and RF4CE to enable wireless IP streaming and control
  • Breakthrough price point and high performance enables deployment across cable networks worldwide

BEIJING – China Content Broadcasting Network — Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today announced the industry’s first low cost, high definition (HD) digital cable set-top box SoCs with integrated Full-Band Capture and IP video server technology. Broadcom’s BCM7583 and BCM7584 devices provide entry-level HD and HD-DVR platforms for cable MSOs with features that facilitate internet video streaming capabilities to multiple video devices simultaneously.

By integrating a complete single chip solution with a high-performance CPU, 3D graphics and Full-Band Capture technologies, the BCM7583 and BCM7584 enable operators throughout the world to provide cost effective and advanced video experiences to subscribers. Broadcom’s new STB SoCs also provide state-of-the-art Conditional Access (CA) and Digital Rights Management (DRM) security, enabling the conversion of content from CA to an IP-DRM streaming content to protect the rights of content providers.
“Broadcom’s innovative new CATV SoC technology digitizes the entire cable spectrum, delivering multi-screen user experiences in a cost-optimized HD cable mini-server platform,” said Dan Marotta , Broadcom’s Executive Vice President and General Manager, Broadband Communications Group. “Global operators can now effectively compete against IP and OTT service providers with a high-performance yet lower cost platform that combines the very latest industry technologies in an entry-level solution.”

Broadcom will be demonstrating the BCM7583 and BCM7584 cable set-top box solution at CCBN in booth #3201.

Market Drivers

  • IP and OTT Service providers are attracting subscribers with video services on multiple screens in the home and IP on-demand content services
  • Meets the needs of operators to provide cost-effective advanced services, increased ARPU and enhanced user experiences
  • Cable operators are demanding low cost, high-performance HD platforms that run HTML5 browser-based user interfaces and OTT services

Key Features

  • Extends Broadcom’s industry leading pin compatible entry level solutions (BCM7581 and BCM7582), providing dramatically higher CPU performance
  • Integrates an advanced 3D graphics GPU for rich HTML5 applications and over the top (OTT) services
  • Four QAM demodulators (BCM7584) or three QAM demodulators (BCM7583) supporting advanced multi-tuner experiences
  • 802.11AC Wi-Fi interface supporting industry leading Wi-Fi video and High-Speed data services
  • Integrated advanced remote diagnostics reduce operator support costs
  • Modular DOCSIS 2.0 and C-DOCSIS support for cost-effective, modular two-way system compatibility:
    • Enables cable operators to offer broadband Internet access and video on demand services
    • Direct-RF DOCSIS modem interfaces enabling optional video platforms for VOD and internet services
    • Reference design kits with optional DOCSIS 2.0 cable modems
  • Meets China SARFT DCAS network content protection requirements

Availability

The Broadcom BCM7583 and BCM7584 cable set-top box SoCs are currently sampling and are available on multiple reference designs.