Broadcom Announces Industry’s First High Definition DTA Cable Set-Top Box SoC With Integrated Tuner and HDMI

LAS VEGAS , Jan. 7/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — 2010 International CES — Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced its next generation digital terminal adapter (DTA) cable set-top box (STB) system-on-a-chip (SoC) solution at this week's 2010 International CES in Las Vegas .  The new DTA solution is the industry's first to combine high definition (HD) video, an integrated 1GHz cable tuner and HDMI capabilities in an ultra small form factor.  As HD continues to proliferate, the Broadcom® BCM7572 HD DTA solution enables North American cable operators to transition subscribers from analog programming directly to HD programming.


  • Over the past decade, the North American cable industry has focused much of its attention, and investment dollars, on value-added services (in addition to basic cable TV services) including HD video services, according to In-Stat market research.  
    • HD DTA solutions allow North American cable operators to transition analog and standard definition (SD) digital broadcasts directly to HD.
    • Broadcom's BCM7572 solution paves the way for the expanded network capacity that operators require in order to provide additional HD content and more value-added services such as HD video-on-demand (VoD) and higher speed DOCSIS® 3.0 data and voice services.
  • The BCM7572 reduces the manufacturer's overall bill-of-materials (BOM) cost while adding advanced functionality including:
    • High levels of integration: An SCTE-40+ 1 GHZ silicon cable tuner exceeds the SCTE-40 specification and performance requirements demanded by North American cable operators.  Further integration includes a QAM demodulator, a highly efficient MIPS32®-class CPU, a data transport processor, a programmable audio core, four video and two audio digital-to-analog converters, and peripheral interfaces for a variety of STB control/receiver functions.  
    • HD: An integrated HDMI transmitter and HD MPEG2/AVC decoder to drive high quality HD displays from an ultra small form factor.
    • Security: Advanced security supporting a wide range of card and cardless security devices.
    • Reduced memory footprint: A x16 DDR2 memory controller and serial flash enable the minimum footprint for an HD DTA.
    • Low power: An integrated standby power management controller that enables ultra low power modes and allows for <100mW when in standby mode exceeding Energy Star requirements.
  • Broadcom's BCM7572 is now sampling to cable set-top box manufacturers.

Supporting Quotes:

Dan Marotta , Senior Vice President & General Manager, Broadcom's Broadband Communications Group

“Leveraging our proven track record in supplying DTA solutions for the digital transition, Broadcom's next generation DTA chipset adds HD, HDMI and an integrated tuner, enabling cable operators to cost effectively reclaim precious bandwidth while deploying more HD content and additional value-added services.  It also accelerates the time-to-market in deploying HD DTA adapters throughout North America .”

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About Broadcom

Broadcom Corporation is a major technology innovator and global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications.  Broadcom products enable the delivery of voice, video, data and multimedia to and throughout the home, the office and the mobile environment.  We provide 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 is one of the world's largest fabless semiconductor companies, with 2008 revenue of $4.66 billion , and holds over 3,650 U.S. and over 1,450 foreign patents, more than 7,750 additional pending patent applications, and one of the broadest intellectual property portfolios addressing both wired and wireless transmission of voice, video, data and multimedia.

A FORTUNE 500® company, Broadcom 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

Cautions regarding Forward Looking Statements:

All statements included or incorporated by reference in this release, other than statements or characterizations of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, estimates and projections about our industry and business, management's beliefs, and certain assumptions made by us, all of which are subject to change.  Forward-looking statements can often be identified by words such as “anticipates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “predicts,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “would,” “could,” “potential,” “continue,” “ongoing,” similar expressions, and variations or negatives of these words.  Examples of such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, references to cable operators ability to deploy more HD content and additional services as a result of the Broadcom BCM7572 SoC solutions.  These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause our actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statement.

Important factors that may cause such a difference for Broadcom in connection with the BCM7572 cable STB SoC solutions, but are not limited to:

  • the rate at which our present and future customers and end-users adopt Broadcom's technologies and products in the markets for next generation PC, cable, satellite, IPTV and terrestrial set-top box applications;  
  • delays in the adoption and acceptance of industry standards in those markets;
  • general economic and political conditions and specific conditions in the markets we address, including the volatility in the technology sector and semiconductor industry, trends in the broadband communications markets in various geographic regions, including seasonality in sales of consumer products into which our products are incorporated;  
  • the risks and uncertainties associated with our international operations; and
  • the effects of natural disasters, public health emergencies, international conflicts and other events beyond our control

Additional factors that may cause Broadcom's actual results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to the list that can be found at

Our Annual Report on Form 10-K, subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, recent Current Reports on Form 8-K, and other Securities and Exchange Commission filings discuss the foregoing risks as well as other important risk factors that could contribute to such differences or otherwise affect our business, results of operations and financial condition.  The forward-looking statements in this release speak only as of this date. We undertake no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statement, except as required by law.

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