Broadcom adds Ultra HD SoCs to portfolio

DetailsMichelle Clancy | 03 March 2015

Broadcom has announced two Ultra HD system-on-a-chip (SoC) devices that integrate the advanced Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) 2.0 standard for cable home networking.

The chips are the latest offerings in the company's portfolio of more than 40 MoCA-enabled SoCs.

The BCM7448S and BCM7449S chips for connected home gateways and IP clients support multiple Ultra HD video compression standards for operators and manufacturers.

"Since Broadcom first delivered MoCA integration in its set-top box portfolio in 2009, we have worked tirelessly to provide operators and manufacturers with the most advanced and cost-effective solutions featuring the latest connectivity technology," said John Gleiter, Broadcom vice president of marketing, for the broadband and connectivity group. "Our latest generation of home gateway and IP client chips with integrated MoCA 2.0 and multi-standard video compression now allow carriers to further enhance their value and deploy the highest quality Ultra HD services to subscribers."

The BCM7448S and BCM7449S include support for two advanced video compression standards: the High Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC) standard and Google VP9 technology. Both standards reduce the delivered bitrate for comparable video quality by approximately 50%. Advanced compression standards also provide video service providers with set-top boxes capable of decoding and displaying Ultra HD, whether from traditional carriers or Google's YouTube channel, to subscribers' primary TVs.