IRVINE, Calif., Aug 18, 2008 -- Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced a new digital-to-analog (DTA) system-on-a-chip (SoC) solution that enables cable set-top box (STB) OEMs to provide cable operators with a cost effective device that transitions analog cable customers to digital broadcasting. The new Broadcom(R) DTA chip paves the way for the expanded network capacity needed to provide additional high definition (HD) content and is currently used by manufacturers building DTA converter boxes for Comcast, the nation's leading provider of entertainment, information and communications.
"Broadcom is a major supplier of SoC solutions for the converter box market and we are very excited to support the nation's transition from analog to digital broadcasting by enabling cable STB manufacturers with a leading DTA chip," said Daniel Marotta, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Broadcom's Broadband Communications Group. "The introduction of this new chip will provide our customers with a state-of-the-art 65 nanometer ENERGY STAR-compliant SoC that will enable them to provide low cost converter solutions demanded by North American cable operators."
Announced today is the BCM3545 DTA SoC that enables cable operators to move quickly and cost efficiently to all-digital infrastructures by delivering digital-quality video and audio service to existing analog cable customers. As of the February 17, 2009 broadcast digital transition, cable operators will deliver triple cast services (i.e. analog, standard definition (SD) and high definition digital signals) to their customers, and adapters will become one of the cost effective ways that cable providers will deliver analog and SD broadcast signals.
Designed in 65 nanometer, the single-chip BCM3545 cable DTA SoC provides significant benefits over larger process geometries by enabling lower power consumption, higher CPU and memory performance for fast channel changes, and higher levels of integration that result in smaller form factors and lower cost adapters. The new DTA chip is based upon the earlier generation BCM3543 SoC that is used in many terrestrial broadcast designs and is ENERGY STAR-compliant.
Availability and Pricing
The BCM3545 DTA SoC is now in production. Pricing is available upon request.
About Broadcom's Broadband Communications Group
Broadcom offers manufacturers a range of broadband communications and consumer electronics system-on-a-chip solutions that enable voice, video, data and multimedia 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, Blu-ray Disc(R) players and recorders and personal video recorders and media PC technology.
Broadcom Corporation is a major technology innovator and global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom products enable the delivery of voice, video, data and multimedia to and throughout the home, the office and the mobile environment. We provide 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).
Broadcom is one of the world's largest fabless semiconductor companies, with 2007 revenue of $3.78 billion, and holds over 2,800 U.S. and 1,200 foreign patents, more than 7,300 additional pending patent applications, and one of the broadest intellectual property portfolios addressing both wired and wireless transmission of voice, video, data and multimedia.
Broadcom is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and has offices and research facilities in North America, Asia and Europe. Broadcom may be contacted at +1.949.926.5000 or at http://www.broadcom.com.
Cautions regarding Forward Looking Statements:
All statements included or incorporated by reference in this release, other than statements or characterizations of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, estimates and projections about our industry and business, management's beliefs, and certain assumptions made by us, all of which are subject to change. Forward-looking statements can often be identified by words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "predicts," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "may," "will," "should," "would," "could," "potential," "continue," "ongoing," similar expressions, and variations or negatives of these words. Examples of such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to the demand for DTA products, our position in that market, the expected functionality and cost efficiency of our customer's products and the timing of volume production for the BCM3545. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause our actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statement.
Important factors that may cause such a difference for Broadcom in connection with BCM3545 DTA SoC product include, but are not limited to
- The timing of customer-industry qualification and certification of our products and the risks of non-qualification or non-certification;
- The gain or loss of a key customer, design win or order;
- The effects of natural disasters, public health emergencies, international conflicts and other events beyond our control;
- General economic and political conditions and specific conditions in the markets we address, including the volatility in the technology sector and semiconductor industry, trends in the broadband communications markets in various geographic regions, including seasonality in sales of consumer products into which our products are incorporated, and possible disruption in commercial activities related to terrorist activity or armed conflict in the United States and other locations;
- Fluctuations in the manufacturing yields of our third party semiconductor foundries and other problems or delays in the fabrication, assembly, testing or delivery of our products
Additional factors that may cause Broadcom's actual results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to the list that can be found at http://www.broadcom.com/press/additional_risk_factors/Q32008.php.
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