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Broadcom powers Tata Sky’s 4K UHD STBs

MUMBAI: Broadcom Corporation, the leading semiconductor solutions provider for wired and wireless communications, has announced that its BCM7252 high-efficiency video codec (HEVC) H.265 system-on-chip (SoC) will power Tata Sky’s first-generation Ultra HD (UHD) set-top boxes (STBs).

Tata Sky, which recently unveils the technology, has announced that it has signed a volume deal with Technicolor for deployment of these 4K STBs in 2015.

Broadcom announced that it has teamed up with Technicolor and Tata Sky to design and deploy the region’s first 4K STBs.

Earlier this month, the company had demonstrated its HEVC-enabled chipsets that provide the compression and higher throughput required by operators and OEMs to rapidly introduce UHD subscriber hardware and content.

The company said that UHD deployments hinge on the advanced delivery mechanisms for over-the-air broadcasts, pay TV and over-the-top (OTT) services. Unlike HD, which typically relies on MPEG-4 to compress content, UHD craves a higher-efficiency video codec to support transmission.

The Broadcom BCM7252 Ultra HD SoC dramatically improves coding efficiency and reduces video bandwidth usage by 50 per cent, it said.

“We are committed to delivering an innovative and world-class TV viewing experience. With the arrival of HEVC technology, our subscribers will soon be some of the first in the region to experience the live-action quality that only Ultra HD can provide,” said Tata Sky MD & CEO Harit Nagpal.

“As Ultra HD TVs continue to become more affordable and Ultra HD content becomes more widely available, we anticipate increased subscriber demand for Ultra HD-capable set top boxes.”

Technicolor senior vice president APAC- connected home division Georges Laplanche said, “By leveraging Broadcom’s advanced Ultra HD devices with integrated HEVC compression technology, we can deliver 4K resolution at a frame rate of 60 frames-per-second while substantially reducing the bandwidth required for video transmission, and providing the advanced features and capabilities needed to enable the ultimate home viewing experience.”

“As consumer interest in Ultra HD continues to grow, Broadcom is delivering advanced devices with market-specific features and price points that allow consumers to enjoy an enhanced viewing experience regardless of their geography,” added Broadcom SVP of marketing BCG Rich Nelson.

“Broadcom continues to demonstrate its commitment to furthering the Ultra HD ecosystem across the globe, providing the innovation required by our customers to drive this technology quickly into the market, particularly as lower-cost Ultra HD TVs drive consumer awareness.”

Key Features of the BCM7252 Ultra HD SoC:

  • High-performance dual-core Brahma15 10000 DMIPs ARMv7 processors
  • 2180p60 or dual 1080p60 decode and transcode capabilities
  • Integrated connectivity peripherals including USB 3.0, PCIe, Gigabit Ethernet and MoCA 2.0
  • Highest level of platform security, content protection and DRM robustness
  • Dual display allowing presentation of two simultaneous video channels from the same STB via independent HDMI outputs and remote control devices
  • Dedicated interfaces to a range of Broadcom companion front-end cable, DOCSIS, satellite and 802.11ac Wi-Fi devices.