Broadcom Debuts Industry's First Digital Cable Set-Top Box System-on-a-Chip (SOC) With HD AVC/VC-1 Decoding, Channel Bonding and Downloadable Security

DOCSIS(R) 2.0 With Downstream Channel Bonding and Unprecedented Embedded

Security Enables Cable IP Video Delivery and Downloadable Security

Jan 04, 2007, 00:00 ET from Broadcom Corporation from ,BRCM Broadband

    IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Broadcom Corporation
 (Nasdaq:   BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless
 communications, today announced the industry's first advanced digital cable
 set-top box chip that includes support for DOCSIS(R)/EuroDOCSIS 2.0 cable
 modem specifications, as well as downstream channel bonding compatible with
 the upcoming DOCSIS 3.0 specification. The new Broadcom(R) single-chip
 silicon solution supports the latest video compression technologies,
 including advanced video coding (AVC), which is the ITU and ISO joint
 standard, MPEG-4, part 10) and VC-1 (the SMPTE standard), and combines the
 features of channel bonding with powerful security enabling multiple system
 operators (MSOs) to provide new Internet-based IP and more secure video
 services to consumers.
     Broadcom's new cable set-top box chip enables MSOs to utilize DOCSIS
 2.0 for high-speed, two-way set-top communications, including Internet
 protocol (IP) video services. To support high-speed cable set-top box
 communications, the new Broadcom chip includes downstream channel bonding,
 which combines several DOCSIS channels together to significantly increase
 data rates when compared to today's cable modem solutions.
     Announced today is Broadcom's BCM7118 advanced set-top box chip that
 incorporates downstream channel bonding, enabling cable set-top boxes to
 support present and future MSO requirements, as defined by the industry
 developed Next Generation Network Architecture (NGNA) guidelines. By moving
 to a DOCSIS-based platform for voice, video and data, MSOs operating costs
 can be decreased while enabling their networks to support richer
 interactive services, switched or broadcasted IP video delivery, as well as
 other IP voice and data services. At the same time, the Broadcom BCM7118
 will enable the development of cost-effective, low cost cable set-top boxes
 that provide superior performance and consumer-friendly features, while
 featuring embedded security with unprecedented levels of content
     The BCM7118 also features an integrated Broadcom secure processor
 (BSP), which provides very sophisticated security features to protect
 high-value content and to prevent set-top box tampering. Using distinctive
 multi-layered security, the BCM7118 integrates hardware and software that
 performs content security functions in a highly protected environment
 on-chip, effectively providing a tamper proof barrier for video and audio
 content. Moreover, each chip is programmed by Broadcom with a permanent
 unique identification and configuration that forms the foundation for
 specific conditional access systems, decryption key processing, key
 management and system protection that includes the forthcoming downloadable
 security system.
     "We have integrated a tremendous amount of state-of-the art technology
 into the new BCM7118 cable set-top box chip based on cable operator and
 customer feedback regarding what they need to compete in their end
 markets," said Daniel Marotta, Senior Vice President and General Manager of
 Broadcom's Broadband Communications Group. "Our new cable TV set-top box
 chip sets a new benchmark for the industry with respect to speed,
 performance, integration, and security, plus it supports IP video
     Based on NGNA developments to date, the BCM7118 provides support for
 all of today's cable network operating requirements, and also integrates
 features required to support the transition to CableLabs-based open
 industry standards (i.e. OpenCable(TM) Applications Platform (OCAP), DOCSIS
 2.0 with DOCSIS Set-Top Gateway (DSG) and Downloadable Conditional Access
 System (DCAS)).
     Product Information
     The new BCM7118 single-chip digital cable set-top box chip, with DOCSIS
 2.0 and channel bonding features, includes:
     *  The latest generations of video compression technologies, such as
        advanced video coding (AVC-MPEG-4), VC-1 and MPEG-2.
     *  Decoding formats for both high-definition (HD) and standard definition
        (SD) television programming.
     *  Advanced Dolby(R) Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, MP3 and MPEG AAC audio
        decoders that provide better audio quality, at lower bit rates.
     *  Certifiable DOCSIS/EuroDOCSIS 2.0 and DSG advanced mode software.
     *  Flexible host digital set-top box software supporting the OpenCable
        Application Platform (OCAP) and popular middleware solutions.
     *  Downstream channel bonding compatible with DOCSIS 3.0.
     *  A high-performance 2D graphics engine that provides up to 32-bit color
        to support OCAP applications.
     *  The ability to operate with current cable broadcast, video on demand
        (VOD) and switched video channels (and in channel bonding modes).
     *  Over 1000 DMIPS of processing power supporting OCAP, OCAP applications,
        channel bonding, DOCSIS 2.0 and DOCSIS DSG advanced mode.
     *  Sophisticated security hardware that provides enhanced security for
        present conditional access (CA) systems and supports requirements for
        emerging Polycipher Downloadable Conditional Access Security (DCAS).
        Downloadable security eliminates the need for a CableCARD(R) and
        supports multiple conditional access systems, retail products, and
        multiple cable operators.
     *  Integrated PVR capability that enables the simultaneous recording of
        multiple channels, allowing the user to store and playback the content
        throughout the home.
     *  Support for secure multi-room content distribution over home
        networking interfaces.
     Reference Design Platforms
     The BCM7118 is designed to be used in a wide range of set-top box
 applications. These products can range from a very low-cost, entry-level
 digital set-top box that supports OCAP, DSG, and DCAS, to higher-end HD/SD
 DVR products and multi-room HD/SD DVR client products. As a result,
 Broadcom is developing two reference designs, including the BCM97118RNG, a
 very low cost, entry-level digital set-top box reference platform to
 address applications for basic all-digital video customers, and the
 BCM97118, a full-featured reference platform that includes a SATA hard disk
 drive and interfaces to support multi-room DVR communications.
     Product Availability
     The BCM7118 is sampling to early access customers. The chip is packaged
 in an 841 PBGA. Pricing is available upon request.
     Broadcom's Broadband Communications Group
     Broadcom offers manufacturers a range of broadband communications and
 consumer electronics SoCs that enable voice, video and data services over
 residential wired and wireless networks. These highly integrated silicon
 solutions continue to enable the most advanced system solutions on the
 market, which include digital cable, satellite and IP set-top boxes and
 media servers, broadband modems and residential gateways, high definition
 and digital televisions, HD DVD players and personal video recorders.
     About Broadcom
     Broadcom Corporation is a global leader in semiconductors for wired and
 wireless communications. Our products enable the delivery of voice, video,
 data and multimedia to and throughout the home, the office and the mobile
 environment. Broadcom provides the industry's broadest portfolio of
 state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip and software solutions to manufacturers
 of computing and networking equipment, digital entertainment and broadband
 access products, and mobile devices. These solutions support our core
 mission: Connecting everything(R).
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 with 2005 revenue of more than $2.67 billion, is headquartered in Irvine,
 Calif., and has offices and research facilities in North America, Asia and
 Europe. Broadcom may be contacted at 1-949-450-8700 or at
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