Low-Power, High-Performance Application Processor

The BCM2820 applications processor offers an impressive array of multimedia features including support for an 8 mega-pixel digital camera, MPEG-4/H.264 VGA video decoding at 30 frames per second, video encoding at 30 frames per second, and NTSC/PAL TV output via composite, component and S-video connections.

Similar to the existing BCM27xx multimedia processor family, the BCM2820 application processor chip is based on Broadcom's VideoCore video-processing engine together with an ARM core for generic processing and open operating system support. All the devices in the BCM27xx family are software compatible with the new BCM2820. Both families, 27xx and 28xx, remain completely programmable and able to handle a wide range of audio and video formats, offering maximum scalability and flexibility to Broadcom's OEM partners. The programmability of VideoCore technology enables developers to program or re-program different applications in software, rather than requiring new chip designs for each new mobile product.

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  • Low-power MPEG4/H.264 video encode/decode and VC-1 decode
  • Low-power AAC/MP3/WMA encode/decoder
  • 8 megapixels of high resolution still image capture via CCIR 601/656 or raw data format
  • OS independence with a host of Linux®-based multimedia software and drivers