Broadcom announced its latest iteration of its system-on-a-chip (SoC) for cable, satellite and IP set-top boxes (STBs). Rendered in the latest processing technology (65 nm), the new chip should help lower costs of HD set-tops incorporating a wide range of video compression standards and networked personal video recorder (PVR) functionality.
The BCM7405 also offers support for digital rights management solutions, including Microsoft DRM10, Secure Video Processor (SVP) technology (a joint venture between NDS and STMicroelectronics) and Marlin JDA (a joint development association formed by Intertrust Technologies, Matsushita Electric Industrial [Panasonic], Royal Philips Electronics, Samsung Electronics and Sony Corporation).
Samples are now available to early access customers. Pricing is available upon request. Reference designs are also available.
Separately, Broadcom said it is working with OpenTV on new cable, satellite, IP and terrestrial-based set-top box products with advanced features and capabilities.