Broadcom introduces HEVC STB SoCs for emerging markets

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015
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Broadcom Adds HEVC to Set-top Box Chip Portfolio for Emerging Markets

  • New Cable, Satellite, Terrestrial and IP Devices Allow Service Providers to Maximize Video Delivery Capabilities with Easy SoC Upgrade

SINGAPORE — Broadcast Asia — Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today introduced a family of integrated system-on-chip devices (SoCs) that add High Definition (HD) High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) for hybrid cable, direct broadcast satellite (DBS), terrestrial and IP set-top boxes (STBs). Broadcom’s new single-chip, pin-compatible devices enable operators and broadcasters in emerging markets to easily migrate to the latest, high-efficiency video compression standard, realizing up to 50 percent savings in video bandwidth. Broadcom will demonstrate its HEVC-enabled STB devices for emerging markets at Broadcast Asia in Singapore, June 2-5, 2015.

Broadcom’s new family of devices allow service providers in markets such as India, Latin America, Russia and Vietnam to have greater flexibility to deliver more competitive channel line-ups and improved content quality over their existing networks. The integration of HEVC also enables operators to deliver HD content more efficiently, upgrade content with vibrant 10-bit color and deliver higher frame rates for smoother high-motion sequences.

“Broadcom has integrated HEVC into our portfolio of single-chip hybrid cable, DBS, terrestrial and IP designs to enable our customers to quickly and easily upgrade current set-top box platforms to the most advanced compression standard,” said John H. Gleiter, Broadcom Vice President of Marketing, Broadband & Connectivity Group. “As operators increasingly choose HEVC to optimize their current networks and provide new streaming video services, Broadcom continues its industry-leading efforts to proliferate HEVC across set-top box designs.”

Broadcom’s new devices provide multiple options with integrated high-performance tuners and advanced modulators for DVB-S2, DVB-T2, and DVB-C. The new HEVC SoCs feature drop-in pin-, power-, security- and software- compatibility with Broadcom’s field-proven single chip advanced video coding (AVC) STB family of devices. This allows service providers and set-top box manufacturers to rapidly upgrade existing designs and deployments to support HEVC with minimal cost impact.

Key Features of Broadcom’s HEVC-enabled High-Definition STB Devices

  • Pin, software and security compatible with production AVC devices in common 15x15mm or 19x19mm packages
  • High performance MIPS application processor with L2 cache
  • Low-cost DDR3 memory
  • Advanced security engine supporting the latest CAS and DRM technologies
  • HD HEVC 1080p60 Main-10 multi-format decoder
  • Ethernet PHY and USB interface
  • Ultra-low BOM two-layer PCB reference designs

Additional Features of the BCM73625

  • Compatible with existing BCM7362 family designs
  • DVB-S2 tuner and demodulator
  • SATA 3 for DVR recording

Additional Features of the BCM75635

  • Compatible with existing BCM7563 family designs
  • DVB-T2 tuner and demodulator for hybrid STB access (Europe and South Africa)

Additional Features of the BCM75848 and BCM7839

  • Compatible with existing BCM7584 and BCM7583 family designs
  • Market-leading Full Band Capture cable receiver with up to four QAM demodulators for DVR and multi-room functionality
  • SATA 3 for DVR recording on BCM75848
  • Direct I/F connection to DOCSIS companions for cost-effective, modular two-way system compatibility
  • OpenGL-ES 2.0 3D graphics GPU for rich HTML5 applications and OTT services


Broadcom’s HEVC-enabled series of devices for emerging markets, including the BCM73625, BCM75635, BCM75839 and BCM75848, are currently sampling.