Highly Integrated Chips First to Enable a Single Direct Broadcast Satellite
(DBS) Set-Top Box to Support Multiple Televisions
IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a leading provider of silicon solutions enabling broadband communications, today announced that EchoStar Communications Corp. (Nasdaq: DISH) is using a combination of Broadcom(R) chips in its new DISH Network(TM) DISH 322 and Dish Player-DVR 522 satellite set-top boxes. The greatest advantage Broadcom's chips offer EchoStar is the ability, for the first time, to support multiple TVs with a single set-top box, which lowers the overall cost of supporting DBS service in households with multiple televisions.
The DISH 322 uses the BCM7319, a satellite set-top box decoder that integrates the equivalent functionality of two separate set-top boxes into a single chip. With this advanced capability, the DISH 322 can deliver DBS programming to multiple televisions in different areas of a home. Each television is independently supported, allowing multiple viewers complete flexibility to watch their own choice of programming simultaneously.
Building on this integration, the Broadcom BCM7320 decoder chip provides multi-television or PIP support as well as digital video recording (DVR) capability in the Dish Player-DVR 522. The BCM7320 enables the DVR 522 to support independent DVR television viewing in separate rooms of the home simultaneously. In a single television environment, the BCM7320 enables the DVR 522 to allow the consumer to view two separate programs with PIP capability or, alternatively, to support watch-and-record DVR capability with common DVR functions such as pausing live programming, recording, and forwarding and reversing through recorded programs.
EchoStar's DISH 322 and Dish Player-DVR 522 also incorporate Broadcom's BCM4500 Advanced Modulation Satellite Receiver and BCM3440 Digital Satellite Tuner. The BCM4500 receiver chip offers EchoStar 8PSK advanced modulation and turbo coding technology that increases information throughput by 35 percent in a given bandwidth or radio frequency link with no additional power requirements. The BCM3440 is a CMOS-based direct conversion satellite tuner chip specifically designed to support systems based on the BCM4500. The BCM7319 and BCM7320 both interface directly to the BCM4500 and BCM3440.
"Our typical customers have multiple TVs, which we can now address from a single set-top box without compromising the individual viewer's flexibility and access to programming," said Dave Kummer, Senior Vice President of Engineering/Manufacturing at EchoStar. "Broadcom's advancements in set-top box technology are evident in their product supporting multiple TVs. We believe that the addition of both basic and DVR set-top boxes with multiple TV capability will be a big win for our customers."
"We have worked closely with EchoStar to answer its product requirements by leveraging our technology and integration expertise," said Daniel A. Marotta, Vice President of Broadcom's Broadband Communications Group. "The result is that EchoStar can provide its typical customer, who has multiple televisions, a flexible single set-top box solution that provides access to the wide variety of DISH Network's programming in different rooms in the house."
The BCM7320 is a highly integrated single-chip satellite set-top box decoder that incorporates dual QPSK receivers, an MPEG-2 A/V decoder, MIPS64(TM) CPU and peripherals. It is the first complete DBS set-top box solution to decode two transport streams, delivered either via the external dual BCM3440 CMOS tuners or via the IDE host I/F from an external hard disk drive, or any combination thereof, and display the resulting decoded audio and video on two TV monitors connected to the same set-top box. The Broadcom 2-D graphics engine incorporated into the chip offers true studio-quality text and graphics with extremely efficient use of memory and bandwidth. PVR capability in the chip offers personal viewing and scheduling, video-on-demand (VOD), and VCR "trick mode" effects on both TVs simultaneously.
With the exception of PVR capability and the on-board QPSK demodulators, the BCM7319 offers the same functionality as the BCM7320. Broadcom has developed and delivers device drivers that support industry-standard operating systems, enabling rapid software development for system designs for satellite customers.
The BCM7319 and BCM7320 are currently in full production. The chips are each packaged in a 456-pin PBGA and are priced at $50 and $60, respectively, in 10K quantities.
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