Electronic Design

STB SoC Powers Digital Media Player

2Wire has selected the BCM7405 digital set-top box system-on-a-chip (SoC) to power 2Wire’s new Mediapoint digital media player, according to Broadcom Corp. The MediaPoint player enables service providers to quickly provide their customers with entertainment offerings delivered directly to their TVs, including movies, video, music, and other on-demand Web-based media content, as well as personal music and video content.

2Wire is leveraging the capabilities of the BCM7405 to enhance the performance of the MediaPoint broadband entertainment solution to meet next-generation service provider requirements and provide a cost effective means to deliver on-demand Internet content and personal media directly to the TV. In November 2008, 2Wire and Blockbuster Inc. announced that the MediaPoint player would be used to provide instant access to Blockbuster ONDEMAND content, including thousands of titles from the latest movie releases to classic favorites.

The low-power BCM7405 uses 65-nm technology to deliver unprecedented levels of processor performance, memory bandwidth, graphics speed, system security, peripheral integration, and cost savings, according to Broadcom. It supports the latest in interactive features and a wide range of video compression standards (VC-1, WMV9, H.263-H.264, MPEG-4, and DivX), and includes support for new video compression standards.

The BCM7405 can decode and display simultaneous high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) video with picture-in-picture and mosaic support. Multiple planes of HD graphics, powerful content security, and support for peripherals including USB 2.0, SATA II, Ethernet, and HDMI 1.3 are provided. As a result, manufacturers can build next-generation HD digital broadcast and IP set-top boxes supporting the latest interactive features and networked personal video recorder (PVR) functionality.


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