IRVINE, Calif., Dec 08, 2008 -- New Chipset Solution from Broadcom Delivers the Ultimate High Definition User Experience for Blu-ray Home Entertainment
Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced that its third generation Blu-ray chipset solution has been selected by Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. to power products in its 2009 lineup of Blu-ray Disc(R) players and home theater systems. Broadcom's newest chipset solution provides all of the processing functionality to enable playback of the Blu-ray optical disc format, enabling Samsung to introduce next generation Blu-ray Disc players based on this technology as early as the first quarter of 2009.
Announced today is the new Broadcom(R) BCM7601 Blu-ray decoder solution, which builds upon Broadcom's highly successful and proven BCM7440 system-on-a-chip (SoC) solution that has been widely deployed by Samsung in its 2008 Blu-ray Disc players, and the Broadcom BCM7620 optical front-end solution.
The single-chip BCM7601 Blu-ray decoder continues to deliver outstanding quality audio/video and BD-Java performance for which Broadcom is recognized. Based on 65 nanometer process technology that yields high integration, small footprint size and low power consumption, some of the key enhancements integrated in the BCM7601 include full HDMI 1.3 support and enhanced video quality features such as 12-bit/162Mhz video DACs (digital to analog converters), a full 12-bit video pipeline, and full high definition (HD) motion adaptive de-interlacing support for 1080p/60 native output. The BCM7601 continues Broadcom's heritage of integrating complex digital and analog connectivity blocks that include Ethernet, USB 2.0, Serial ATA (SATA) and HDMI.
The BCM7620 single-chip optical front-end solution is built upon proven Blu-ray disc drive technology and incorporates advanced digital signal processing (DSP) techniques to achieve the highest levels of playability, compatibility and performance for all optical media. An integrated analog front-end and SATA interface, coupled with an optimized bill of materials, enables manufacturers to build high performance Blu-ray optical drive solutions at the lowest possible cost. The BCM7620 features optical disc firmware and support tools that provide the capability of reading and writing all industry standard media.
"We are very pleased that Samsung has selected our newest Blu-ray chipset solution for its 2009 designs," said Dan Eiref, Vice President & General Manager of Broadcom's Consumer Electronics line of business. "This is an exciting growth phase in the Blu-ray market and we are pleased to partner with Samsung to introduce a new lineup of players and home theater systems for 2009 with such advanced features as BD Live(R) and Netflix(R) instant streaming."
Availability and Pricing
The Broadcom BCM7601 Blu-ray decoder solution and the Broadcom BCM7620 optical front-end solution are sampling to early access customers. 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 players and recorders and personal video recorders.
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 3,000 U.S. and over 1,300 foreign patents, more than 7,500 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 www.broadcom.com.
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Important factors that may cause such a difference for Broadcom in connection with Broadcom BCM7601 and BCM7620 Blu-ray chipset technology include, but are not limited to
Trends in the broadband communications markets in various geographic regions, including seasonality in sales of consumer products into which our products are incorporated;
- The rate at which our present and future customers and end-users adopt Broadcom's technologies and products in the markets for Blu-ray Disc applications;
- Delays in the adoption and acceptance of industry standards in those markets;
- The gain or loss of a key customer, design win or order; and
- Competitive pressures and other factors such as the qualification, availability and pricing of competing products and technologies and the resulting effects on sales and pricing of our products.
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