IRVINE, Calif.--Broadcom Corp. today claimed availability of the industry's most highly integrated chip-set solution for reception of consumer satellite television service. The two-chip set will enable satellite service providers to increase usable bandwidth by more than 35% compared to existing systems, said the Irvine company.
The new chip set has been designed to allow direct satellite broadcast operators to deliver three high-definition television (HDTV) channels over a single transponder instead of two channels that are currently used in networks, Broadcom said. This feature will enable broadcasters to increase HDTV programming without requiring customers to change out hardware, added the company.
Broadcom's new chip set also today received an endorsement from EchoStar Technologies Corp., a service provider based in Littleton, Colo. "Our customers want access to more channels and they are increasingly demanding bandwidth-intensive HDTV channels," said Mark Jackson, senior vice president of EchoStar.
The BCM4500 advanced modulation receiver device will improve bandwidth up to 50% compared to standard digital video broadcast satellite (DVB-S) transmissions, according to Broadcom. The receiver is paired up with Broadcom's BCM3440 CMOS satellite TV tuner in the new chip set, which is now available for sampling and priced at $20 each in volume quantities.
"We believe that the BCM4500 and BCM3440 will contribute to the continued expansion of the direct-to-home video market, and help accelerate the two-way satellite market," said Tim Lindenfelser, vice president and general manager of Broadcom's Broadband CommunicationsBusiness Unit.
The BCM3440 CMOS tuner is packaged in a 48-pin TQFP, while the BCM4500 is offered in a 128-pin MQFP. Broadcom is also offering the BCM94500 advanced modulation reference design, which integrates the chip set for system evaluation, test and design.