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Broadcom Single-Chip DTV Receiver System Meets NTIA Coupon Program

Extending the life analog televisions, the BCM3543 debuts as a turnkey, digital television-on-chip with associated software that addresses the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's (NTIA's) digital-to-analog converter box program. Allegedly, the program intends to assist US residents make an affordable transition from analog televisions to digital by providing coupons to defray the upgrade costs. Employing 65-nm process technology, the BCM3543 features on-chip support to convert all ATSC standard and high-definition inputs to 480i outputs. Features include a channel 3 or 4 RF output, EIA/CEA-909 smart antenna support, and keypad and remote-control support. Compatible with the company's indoor ATSC antenna, the chip's antenna requires a single cable interface, eliminating outdoor installations. Other features include an 8/16-VSB digital terrestrial receiver, EIA/CEA 909-compliant smart antenna controller, ATSC-compliant, all-format MP at HL MPEG-2 video decoder, Dolby Digital and MPEG audio decoder, video scaling, picture-enhancement processor, 200-MHz MIPS32 CPU, and a 32-bit, 200-MHz DDR-DRAM controller. The BCM3543 ATSC is sampling now with pricing available upon request. BROADCOM CORP., Irvine, CA. (949) 926-5000.


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