CES 2013: Broadcom debuts 'game changer' chip for HDTVs

Summary:With the debut of a new HD video decoding solution, Broadcom boasts that UltraHD TV is supposed to be offer four times better resolution than existing HDTVs with 1080p60 displays.

LAS VEGAS -- Broadcom has debuted what it is touting as "the first ultra high definition TV home gateway chip."

Not stopping there with the superlatives, Broadcom reps have described the BCM7445 UltraHD TV decoder solution as "a game changer for big screen and Internet video in the home" because it is supposed to "dramatically" improve the picture quality on larger displays.

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To comprehend just how advanced this clarity is supposed to be, UltraHD TV is supposed to be offer four times better resolution than existing HDTVs with 1080p60 displays.

Thus, Broadcom asserts that this advanced picture technology requires a more efficient video codec. Broadcom is going a standards-based route by utilizing the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) solution, which is said to enable users to download HD videos in "half the time" while reducing bandwidth usage by up to 50 percent.

Beyond the HEVC compression standard, the BCM7445 consists of a quad-core Brahma15 CPU and a quartet of 1080p30 real-time transcoders. All in all, this decoding solution is designed to offer a resolution up to 4096 x 2160p60.

Broadcom is also boasting a few features to the BCM7445 UltraHD TV codec intended to please everyone on both sides of the TV.

From the viewer's standpoint, the decoder solution supports simultaneous delivery of four HD video streams.

The BCM7445 also includes web domain security designed to separate Internet services from premium broadcast content with the intention of blocking malware.

Thus, content providers can deliver paid programming alongside open Internet apps for a more well-rounded connected TV user experience.

Samples of the BCM7445 UltraHD TV video decoder for the home are available now. But volume production isn't scheduled to commence until mid-2014.

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