Home Connectivity Leader Drives the Transition to a Seamless DLNA-Connected Home Environment for Easy Digital Media Sharing Between Consumer Electronics Devices, Mobile Handsets, Set-Top Boxes and PCs
IRVINE, Calif., Dec 08, 2008 -- Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced that it will showcase a Digital Living Network Alliance(SM) (DLNA(R))-enabled connected home at CES 2009. The demonstration will allow users to share and access digital media easily across a variety of wired and wireless connectivity technologies, such as MoCA(R), Wi-Fi(R) and Ethernet, and will illustrate how consumers can easily share and stream digital content (including DVR recordings, music, photos and videos) between consumer electronics (CE) devices, mobile handsets, set-top boxes (STBs) and personal computers (PCs) anywhere throughout their homes.
Many homes have wired (MoCA (coax) or Ethernet) or wireless (Wi-Fi) networks already installed, but by themselves, these networks do not facilitate the easy sharing of content between connected devices. With DLNA technology, consumers can locate digital content anywhere on their home network and effortlessly move or stream this content between connected devices. Broadcom's compliance with the open-standard DLNA Interoperability Guidelines allows manufacturers to develop a wide range of interoperable devices that enable consumers to easily move content around the home so that they can enjoy the content from any device or location. Examples include watching DVR recordings anywhere in the home or on a mobile handset, streaming photos from a mobile handset onto a digital TV, sending photos from a mobile handset to a printer, viewing stored photos on a digital TV or listening to stored MP3 music files stored on a PC through a home stereo system.
Broadcom is driving DLNA support into a wide range of its system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions for CE devices, mobile handsets, STBs and PCs. Integrating Broadcom(R) SoCs with networking technology and powerful applications processors helps to enable manufacturers to achieve DLNA certification with cost effective single-chip solutions. Manufacturers can then highly differentiate their products with a wide range of applications and services that the DLNA-connected home enables. Service providers will benefit by being able to offer customers advanced applications such as "DVR-anywhere," connected TV services, and easy management of user-generated content via the home network that will greatly enhance the customer's entertainment experience.
"As we continue our leadership in home connectivity, Broadcom is ideally positioned to drive and enable the transition to a DLNA-connected ecosystem that will simplify implementation for consumer electronics manufacturers and service providers," said Dan Marotta, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Broadcom's Broadband Communications Group. "With our ongoing commitment and significant contribution to DLNA as a technology component provider, we are enabling a host of DLNA Certified(TM) devices including set-top boxes, digital televisions, media gateways, home gateways/routers, Blu-ray Disc(R) players and mobile devices that will change the way consumers interact and share content in the next generation digital home."
With a goal of ensuring interoperability in home networks, DLNA has the support of approximately 250 companies including CE, computer and mobile device manufacturers, service providers, and component and software developers. As of November 2008, DLNA had certified more than 3,100 DLNA- enabled products from 36 different manufacturers.
"Broadcom is helping to drive the adoption of DLNA technology at the component level to enable manufacturers to easily develop the products necessary to realize the next generation connected home vision," said Scott Smyers, Chairman of DLNA.
Members of the Digital Living Network Alliance share a vision of an interoperable network of personal computers, consumer electronics devices and mobile handsets in and beyond the home, enabling a seamless environment for sharing and growing new digital media and content services. Founded in 2003, the alliance has established and currently maintains a platform of interoperability based on open and established industry standards that, when used by manufacturers, will support the sharing of media throughout wired or wireless networks. More than 250 multi-industry companies worldwide have joined the DLNA, committing the time and resources necessary to achieve their vision.
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(R) 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 http://www.broadcom.com.
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