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Date: 22-03-13

Low cost STB ICs from Broadcom for HD cable TV

Broadcom has announced 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.

BCM7583 and BCM7584 integrate CPU, 3D graphics and Full-Band Capture technologies to provide 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."

Key Features as per Broadcom:
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.

Broadcom has announced that IndusInd Media & Communications Ltd (IMCL), one of the largest multisystem cable operators in India, selected Broadcom's integrated system-on-a-chip (SoC) with integrated silicon tuner for new set top boxes (STB).

"Delivering outstanding entertainment experiences to our subscribers through superior technology continues to be our goal as we transition from analog content delivery to digital," said Ravi Mansukhani, Managing Director for IMCL. "We selected Broadcom's devices for our new set top boxes for the cost efficiency of its integrated, high performance solutions, its demonstrated market leadership in cable technologies, and strong support for India's cable digitization."

Broadcom has also announced that two top Chinese equipment manufacturers SumaVision and ZTE have adopted Broadcom's C-Data over Cable Interface Standard (C-DOCSIS) Ethernet over Coax (EoC) technology to design products supporting converged services for Internet, television and telecommunications in China.

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