Broadcom Unveils Multi-standard Ultra HD Chip Family

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Broadcom Corporation, a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, has announced two new Ultra High Definition (Ultra HD) system-on-a-chip (SoC) devices that support Google’s VP9 open video compression standard.

Supporting client and media gateway set-top box (STB) applications, the BCM7251S and BCM7252S extend Broadcom’s Ultra HD portfolio by adding VP9 decode support while introducing support for up to 60 frames per second on the new codec.

Broadcom’s integration of the Google VP9 standard will allow users to stream 4K YouTube content to their set-top boxes and display to a TV. The codec provides up to 50 percent bitrate reduction for comparable quality compared to the previous VP8 standard and enables a significant new source of Ultra HD content in this rapidly growing market.

“As consumer interest in Ultra HD continues to grow, VP9 compression for streaming Ultra HD content on the web opens a new avenue for viewers to experience and engage in 4K,” said Rich Nelson, Broadcom Senior Vice President of Marketing, Broadband & Connectivity Group. “Broadcom continues to build a flexible portfolio of devices with VP9 and HEVC compression standards to proliferate Ultra HD worldwide by enabling additional avenues for high-quality content consumption, such as YouTube.”

Combined with the BCM4366, Broadcom’s latest 5G WiFi device, the BCM7252S wirelessly delivers a fluid and life-like Ultra HD viewing experience throughout the home. The BCM4366 device provides 4×4 5G WiFi connectivity via a high-speed PCIe interface and incorporates multiple 802.11ac Wave 2 features to deliver up to a 4X speed boost compared to a traditional access point. It also significantly increases the reliability and robustness of the wireless content delivery.