Next Generation System-on-a-Chip Set-top Box Solutions from Broadcom

  • Posted on: 27 October 2009
  • By: chw staff

Broadcom, a fables semiconductor company that specializes in wired and wireless home networking solution, this week announced a new HD cable set-top-box system-on-a-chip (SoC) solution with their BCM7119 and BCM7125 chips.  The new technology will allow manufacturers and cable service provider to offer the latest in connected home technology at a cheaper price.

The BCM7119 and BCM7125 will facilitate the net generation in interactive HDTV programming, connectivity, whole-home media distribution and advance 3D user interface and have as standard the new Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) already integrated and is DOCSIS® compatible.  According to Broadcom the technology will usher in the next generation of connected home solution, with advance functionality and service such as multi-room HD DVR capabilities and advance 3D graphics user interface. "Broadcom continues to fuel the technical innovation to drive the transition to the connected home with integration and performance levels that will reduce energy consumption and overall product cost." said Dan Marotta, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Broadband Communications Group, Broadcom.

Technology Highlights:

  • By designing high performance, low power and cost effective MoCA-integrated solutions, Broadcom meets both consumer and service provider demand for integrated in-home multimedia distribution services such as multi-room HD DVR.
  • With unprecedented levels of integration including MoCA 1.1 support, Tru2Way Cablecard support, dual integrated 1GHz cable tuners and DOCSIS 2.0 compatible modems, Broadcom's latest cable STB technology significantly reduces the power and overall system cost while enabling advanced services (i.e. multi-room HD DVR capabilities, HDTV interactivity, 3D user interfaces).

BCM7125 and BCM7119 key features include:

  • Flexible software support for new compelling subscriber applications that use Native UI, OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP), Adobe® Flash® Platform for the Digital Home, Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA®), and DTCP-IP security. This unique and flexible software platform enables appealing interactive digital television, networked DVR functionality and IP video over DOCSIS applications.
  • The BCM7125 cable STB SoC includes the same functionality as the BCM7119 but adds an integrated MoCA 1.1 interface that enables service providers to offer innovative whole-home digital media distribution services over coax, which in turn, enables subscribers to securely access, store and share a wide array of digital media content including HDTV programs, video-on-demand (VoD), DVR recordings, Internet content, video, music, photos and voice over IP (VoIP).
  • Both the BCM7125 and BCM7119 cable STB SoC solutions support DLNA that facilitates the easy sharing of digital content between DLNA-enabled devices throughout the home.
  • 3D graphics support enables dynamic user interfaces for flipping, rotating and moving images.
  • Broadcom's latest STB technology features integrated dynamic power management controllers that provide a very efficient power management system, capable of managing and shutting down unused system components in real-time. Even in the lowest power modes, the BCM7119 and BCM7125 can continue to remain aware of network events both in the home and from multiple service operators (MSO) head ends, enabling these SoCs to quickly respond to network and user inputs. Both chips offer support for Energy Star®.