Decoder chip complies with latest optical disc formats

Irvine, Calif. — Broadcom Corp. claims this high definition (HD) audio/video decoder is the only fully compliant chip with the emerging Blu-ray and HD DVD optical disc formats.

Broadcom's BCM7411D HD A/V decoder chip supports the latest video compression technologies including H.264, aka MPEG-4 Part 10/Advanced Video Coding (AVC) and VC-1 (SMPTE 421M), AVC high profile at level 4.1, VC-1 advanced profile at level 3, and MPEG-2 main profile at high level, as well as Thomson's film grain technology. The integrated audio codec supports Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus, DTS 5.1, DTS-HD, MLP Lossless, LPCM and MPEG audio formats.

“A single-chip high definition decoder, supporting all three compression standards, enables manufacturers to build a new generation of media players that support both high definition optical discs as well as existing DVD video titles,” said Peter Besen, Broadcom's vice president of Consumer Electronics.

The BCM7411D is based on Broadcom's previous generation HD A/V decoder chips, which are currently shipping in cable, satellite and Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) set-top boxes, media centers and gateways. This fourth generation chip not only adds features that specifically address the HD optical disc player market, but also includes support for the VC-1 video compression standard.

Broadcom also announced a reference platform (BCM97438) for the development of Blu-ray and HD DVD media players. The platform includes a reference board featuring the BCM7411D HD A/V decoder chip and Broadcom's BCM7038 dual-channel HD digital video system chip, as well as a software platform.

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The BCM7411D is now shipping in volume quantities. Pricing is $25.00 each in quantities of 100K. The BCM97438 reference design is also currently available to qualified OEMs. Click here for the BCM7411D data sheet.

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