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Broadcom next-gen chip boosts UHD performance

Semiconductor solutions specialist Broadcom has unveiled its next-generation Ultra-HD home gateway and STB system-on-chip (SoC) solution. The BCM7445S increases 4K video decode efficiency for a 25 per cent reduction in video bandwidth usage and the addition of VP9p60 decode support.

With this new offering, operators can introduce new Ultra-HD features such as 60 frame per second content on YouTube, four HD picture-in-picture options and faster performance in graphics-rich user interfaces.

“Broadcom’s new offering anticipates operators’ need for an enhanced, multi-tasking Ultra-HD home gateway that simultaneously delivers a variety of content formats,” said Rich Nelson, Broadcom Senior Vice President of Marketing, Broadband & Connectivity Group. “With a powerful quad-core ARM processor that provides quad transcode and flexible content format support, Broadcom’s new flagship Ultra-HD device paves the way for content providers to offer even more high-quality content as demand for 4K increases.”

The BCM7445S builds on the success of Broadcom’s Ultra HD portfolio, which has been leveraged by more than a dozen operators and OEMs worldwide. At the same time as pay-TV operators move towards Ultra HD services, consumer adoption of Ultra HD sets is expected to double, with 27.5 million Ultra HD sets expected to ship in 2015 and more than 100 million in the marketplace by 2018. Operators and streaming service providers across the globe are expected to pick up the pace this year in rolling out Ultra HD services to their subscriber base.

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