Broadcom rolls out SoC with 3D, home gateway focus

Chip-maker Broadcom is sampling a new ultra-high performance dual HD set-top box system-on-a-chip video gateway solution with more than two times the performance over previous generations, that it says is capable of providing full-resolution HD 3DTV throughout the home, and also reduces power consumption and overall costs.

"Technologies that create the connected 3DTV digital home with networking capabilities are leading the wave of next generation consumer electronics products," said Michelle Abraham, a principal analyst for In-Stat. "3D TV unit shipments will grow ten-fold between 2010 and 2014.  Worldwide residential media server unit shipments will exceed 3 million in 2011, and grow to over 13 million in 2014."

Designed in 40nm CMOS silicon technology, Broadcom says its BCM7422 is the industry's first SoC to combine a 1.3 GHz multi-threaded MIPS processor with the latest transmission efficient H.264/MPEG Scalable Video Coding and Multiview Video Coding standards for enabling 1080p60/50 content distribution and full-resolution HD 3DTV. Broadcom says it also enables a 40 percent bandwidth savings for backward-compatible 1080p60/50 sports content distribution to new and legacy STBs.

The BCM7422 HD STB SoC solution features a BRCM 5000 MIPS-based applications processor with 3000 DMIPS of applications processing performance supported by 2D and OpenGL ES 2.0 3D GPU's to further enhance web-based software platforms.

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