Broadcom expands low-power ODU satellite device portfolio

Monday, January 5th, 2015 
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Enables Operators to Expand Subscribers and Services Offered Within Multiple Dwelling Units

LAS VEGAS — CES International 2015 — Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today announced a new low-power satellite device in its Outdoor Unit (ODU) portfolio. The BCM4554 addresses consumer demand for satellite services with support for North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions.

The new device adds support for up to 32 resident set-top boxes (STBs) on a single coaxial cable within a multiple dwelling unit, enabling operators to deliver additional services to more subscribers without requiring new satellite dish installations. These offerings also enable operators to improve services such as faster channel changing by assigning more channels to a single STB.

“Broadcom’s newest addition to our low-power ODU portfolio allows operators to increase the availability of satellite services in single homes and multiple dwelling units across the globe,” said Nicholas Dunn, Broadcom Vice President of Marketing, Broadband & Connectivity Group. “The BCM4554 enables operators to streamline the cabling, hardware and installation costs associated with supporting multiple set-top-boxes and ultimately simplify satellite distribution to their customers.”

Among residential customers worldwide, access to free-to-air channels provided by a range of satellites has stimulated demand for satellite TV. In order to lessen deployment costs resulting from the need for separate coaxial cables for each STB, Broadcom’s BCM4554 device simplifies installation for these additional service offerings.

Broadcom’s BCM4554 offers a higher level of integration while consuming less power than the previous generation chipset. It also enables direct sampling of low-noise block (LNB) outputs across worldwide ODU satellite markets. The simplified design of Broadcom’s new ODU chipset allows 32 DVB-S2 channels to be stacked on a single coaxial cable to service any STB in a home, simplifying and reducing satellite operator installation costs.

Key Features and Benefits:

  • Second generation with reduced power and better integration in 28 nm process
  • 4 RF inputs and 1RF output covering the 250 to 2350 MHz frequency range
  • 32 user-band output channels
  • 32 output channels selectable from any LNB input
  • Frequency shift keying (FSK) and digital satellite equipment control (DiSEqC)

Availability

Broadcom’s BCM4554 is currently sampling.