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Broadcom: New 65 Nanometer Dual Advanced Video Decoder Chip

SOURCE: (Hickory, NC)

CableLabs Winter Conference -- Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced a new dual-channel AVC/MPEG-4/VC- 1/MPEG-2 video decoder system-on-a-chip (SoC) designed in a 65 nanometer process. The new high-performance video decoder SoC is being demonstrated at this week's CableLabs Winter Conference, and provides leading-edge functionality and performance when compared to existing set-top box (STB) solutions currently available.

"Our new 65 nanometer solution provides our customers with the industry's most advanced, highest performance, and most integrated solution for dual advanced video decoder media center set-top boxes," said John H. Gleiter, Senior Director of Marketing for Broadcom's Set-top Box line of business. "Customers will enjoy state-of-the-art performance, video quality, security, and system cost savings improvements provide by this new advanced 65 nanometer chip."

Announced today is the 65 nanometer Broadcom(R) BCM7400B dual-channel video decoder solution. The BCM7400B video decoder enables set-top box manufacturers to develop extremely high performance media centers, integrating the most advanced hardware features and functionality to securely decode, store and share multiple types of media including HDTV, video-on-demand, Internet, and digital music content. The BCM7400B also includes special hardware to properly support Broadband Home Media Distribution over external MoCA (Multimedia Over Coax Alliance) and 802.11n Wi-Fi(R) interfaces in support of new, higher revenue-generating multi-room DVR services.

At last year's 2006 International Consumer Electronics Show, Broadcom introduced the first-generation BCM7400 video decoder chip along with very complex software that enabled the company's set-top partners to develop media center platforms for their customers. The same robust software developed for the BCM7400 over the past year migrates directly to the BCM7400B, providing a clean technology bridge to a higher performing, more advanced solution that Broadcom customers can deploy. The benefit for set-top manufacturers is:

- Direct migration to state-of-the-art 65 nanometer technology

- Proven silicon platform and architecture that enables the quickest and least riskiest time-to-market for media-center solutions deploying later this year

- Technology that will provide the required processing power to run sophisticated JAVA-based OCAP(TM) software applications and advanced media sharing

- The preservation of existing software investments

"With over 200 million set top boxes deployed in the last two years, largely in the established digital cable and digital satellite markets, Broadcom's new 65 nanometer BCM7400B video decoder provides both performance and time-to-market benefits to this market," said Michelle Abraham, Senior Analyst for In-Stat. "The combination of an available hardware and software solution correctly positions Broadcom's customers for the growing media center set-top market" - Broadcom.

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