AMSTERDAM -- During the International Broadcast Convention here today, Broadcom Corp. announced a partnership with Paris-based Canal+ Technologies to develop compatible products for set-top box systems in interactive television applications.
Irvine, Calif.-based Broadcom said it has agreed to work with Canal+ Technologies to create new chip specifications and set-top box designs that will enable TV viewers to watch, store, and manipulate multimedia programs over subscriber networks. Broadcom said certain members of its set-top box chip series will support the MediaHighway device layer interface (DLI) from Canal+.
Canal+ supplies software for interactive TV operators worldwide, including parent Canal+ Group in Europe, which has over 15 million subscribers, according to Tim Lindenfelser, vice president and general manager of Broadcom's Broadband Communications Business Unit. "We anticipate that working closely with them will open up a whole new market for our technology," he said.
Several Broadcom reference designs will be configured for porting software from Canal+ Technologies. Chips used in these reference design platforms include Broadcom's BCM7030 high-definition video UMA subsystem with 2D/3D graphics, the BCM7100 device for cable-TV set-top boxes, the BCM4500 advanced modulation satellite receiver chip, and the BCM3250 QAMLink single-chip set-top box front-end.
Prior to today's announcement, Canal+ has been working with Broadcom technology in Asia and the United States, noted Jean-Marc Racine, executive vice president of marketing for the Paris-based subsidiary of Canal+ Group. The company believes its new partnership with Broadcom will open up new markets for software and give it an additional choice of ICs for set-top box products, he said.