Broadcom Enables HD Media Playback in HP Mini 110 Netbook

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009
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The Netbook User Experience is Significantly Improved with the Cost-Efficient Broadcom® Crystal HD Solution, Enabling Flawless Playback of HD Video Content

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Computex 2009 — Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced that the Broadcom® Crystal HD solution has been selected for the HP Mini 110. The HP Mini 110 is the ideal mobile companion when users are away from their PCs or want to leave their full-size laptops at home. By implementing Broadcom Crystal HD media PC (MPC) solutions, HP (NYSE:HPQ) provides consumers with smooth, high quality playback of high definition (HD) video that yields very low system power consumption for longer battery life, low CPU utilization and integrates seamlessly into the Windows XP® environment.

To address the growing consumer demand for high definition content playback on cost effective netbooks, Broadcom features a family of netbook products that includes the Crystal HD Enhanced Media Accelerator. Leveraging the company’s widely deployed and field proven HD set-top box and consumer media player technologies, Broadcom’s Crystal HD solutions provide the highest quality video playback of multi-format (VC-1, H.264 and MPEG-2) high definition content for the mainstream PC, netbook/UMPC (ultra mobile PC) and MID (mobile Internet device) markets.

“We are pleased that HP has selected our Crystal HD solution, leveraging our robust and proven HD video cores,” said Dan Eiref, Vice President & General Manager of Broadcom’s Consumer Electronics Group. “Delivering market leading performance and quality, our Crystal HD solutions excel when system cost, power consumption, CPU utilization and fan noise are key factors. Additionally, HP’s adoption of our solutions will help to popularize high definition playback on netbook PC platforms.”

To provide a complete and seamless out of the box solution for consumers, Broadcom’s Crystal HD technology is bundled with ArcSoft® TotalMedia™ Theatre software which enables consumers to enjoy flawless playback for almost all Internet content. Examples of this broad support for movie formats include Matroska™ (MKV), Quicktime® (MOV), MPEG-4 (MP4), Audio Video Interleave (AVI), Windows Media® Video (WMV) and Transport Streams (TS, M2TS).

“By collaborating with Broadcom and HP, we are pleased that ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre can now leverage Broadcom’s proven quality high definition multi-standard (VC-1, H.264 , MPEG-2) hardware decoder technology in netbooks to deliver the ultimate user experience when playing back high definition content,” said George Tang, ArcSoft Vice President and General Manager of Video and Home Entertainment Group.

Broadcom’s Crystal HD Enhanced Media Accelerator solutions are available in add-in card formats that include PCI Express® mini-cards and ExpressCard® 34. All products are in full production today.

Product Information

The BCM70010/BCM70012 media PC chipset supports the next generation H.264 and VC-1 video compression algorithms to enable PCs to playback high definition streaming media content. The chipset is a single-stream HD H.264/VC-1/WMV/MPEG-2 video decoder solution capable of full HD real-time decoding supporting Windows XP, Windows® 7 and the Linux® OS environments. The high performance and low power consumption of this chipset solution reduces CPU utilization and enables support for ultra portable mobile platform designs. It includes full support for the MPEG-2 standard so that compatibility with existing media (DVD or ATSC) can be maintained. The MPC chipset supports any compliant resolution from QVGA up to 1920 x 1088.