Supporting Full 1080p Display Resolution, Broadcom's New 'Television-on-a-Chip' Enables Consumer Equipment Manufacturers to Economically Build Televisions with the Highest Quality HD Display Resolution in the Industry Broadcom's First 65 Nanometer Solution Enables Improved Performance, Reduced Power Consumption and More Features at a Lower System Cost
IRVINE, Calif. -- Dec 11, 2006
-- Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced the industry's first high definition (HD) digital TV silicon solution that supports full 1080p display resolution. Designed in 65 nanometer process geometry, this new "television-on-a-chip" enables TV and other consumer equipment manufacturers to cost-effectively build TVs and displays with the industry's highest quality HD resolution. Building upon successful first generation HD system-on-a-chip (SoC) products, Broadcom has developed this single-chip HDTV solution that not only significantly surpasses current chip technology in integration and performance, but also furthers the expansion of affordable high definition television to the masses.
Full HD1080p is considered the highest quality video display standard for HDTV, offering a display resolution of 1920 x 1080, or over two million pixels. Consumer equipment manufacturers are currently deploying high quality 1080p display resolution in HD televisions, DVD players and video gaming equipment. However, due to current retail prices, most consumers are prohibited from purchasing these high resolution systems, creating a need for cost-effective technological changes.
The new Broadcom® television-on-a-chip enables consumer electronics manufacturers to build complete lines of affordable high definition 1080p televisions that feature superior picture, sound and graphics support, whether the content is analog or digital. In addition, Broadcom's implementation of 65 nanometer technology allows for the integration of substantially more features, improved performance and reduced overall power consumption, resulting in a lower total system cost for equipment manufacturers.
"Consumer awareness of 1080p resolution is placing demands on television manufacturers to offer cost-competitive analog/digital televisions with full HD 1080p video display capabilities," said Daniel Marotta, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Broadcom's Broadband Communications Group. "Our next generation 65 nanometer television-on-a-chip enables manufacturers to reduce the complexity and system cost of their highest display resolution products, which in turn, allows for affordable high quality analog/digital televisions in a variety of size and display options."
Announced today is the Broadcom BCM3563 -- the television industry's first complete system-on-a-chip solution that supports full HD 1080p display resolution. The new device is compatible with the National Television Systems Committee (NTSC) analog standard, the North American digital terrestrial or Advanced Television Committee (ATSC) digital standard and the digital cable television standard. In addition, the new chip supports picture-in-picture (PIP) and picture-by-picture display modes. As a result, the BCM3563 is a highly integrated HDTV solution that combines the functionality of a complete 1080p resolution television on a single chip.
"The competition in large screen HDTV sets is driving the demand for 1080p display resolution," said Michelle Abraham, Principal Analyst at In-Stat. "By expanding its product offering to support this increasing market, Broadcom continues to offer television manufacturers a migration path to the full HD 1080p segment."
The BCM3563 is a highly integrated SoC that offers advanced technology for next generation televisions such as two NTSC/PAL video decoders, with each decoder supported by its own 3D comb filter and motion adaptive de-interlacing capability. The BCM3563 also integrates video processing functions for noise reduction, sharpness, dynamic contrast and color control, enabling manufacturers to customize the picture appearance so it remains compatible with their customer's expectations. These essential television features, coupled with the chip's high degree of integration, guarantees high quality picture and sound while reducing the number of chips and bill-of-material costs required to build full HD 1080p televisions supporting both analog and digital reception.
Additional BCM3563 features include the following:
- Picture-in-picture processing
- Integrated dual link LVDS transmitters provide direct connection with full HD 1080p panels
- Dual motion adaptive per pixel de-interlacing and 3D comb filtersproduce equally superior side-by-side displays of interlaced video
- Direct PC input support with auto phase and mode detection reduces system design cost and complexity
- Dual component, three S-video, five CVBS and one RGB inputs
- Dual 1080p 60 fps HDMI receivers provide high quality connectivity to consumer electronic products
- Extensive audio support, including a 5-band audio equalizer, independent audio output controls for analog and digital outputs and a host of audio decoders
- Integrated ATSC, QAM and NTSC/PAL demodulators
- Comprehensive integration of A/Ds and DACs supports direct audio/video inputs/outputs for simplifying system design and cost
Pricing and Availability
The BCM3563 is currently sampling to early access customers. Pricing is available upon request.
Broadcom's Broadband Communications Group
Broadcom offers manufacturers a range of broadband communications and consumer electronics SoCs that enable voice, video and data 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, HD DVD and Blu-ray™ disc players, DVD recorders and personal video recorders.
Broadcom Corporation is a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications. Our products enable the delivery of voice, video, data and multimedia to and throughout the home, the office and the mobile environment. Broadcom provides 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®.
Broadcom, one of the world's largest fabless semiconductor companies with 2005 revenue of more than $2.67 billion, 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 www.broadcom.com.