Broadcom Makes NTBs & HDMI Sticks More Powerful & Functional

Psst! Wanna make a tiny net-top box that’s capable of the latest Wi-Fi or a tiny HDMI, both of which can stream UHD videos? Broadcom has the chips you need for either.

Broadcom’s showed at CES 2015 “the world’s first HEVC set-top box (STB) system-on-a-chip (SoC) devices with integrated MHL 2.0.” Its BCM7250 and BCM72502 chips provide full functionality to HDMI sticks and media player box formats that, Broadcom said, can be smaller than a smartphone. Service providers can deploy them to deliver services wirelessly anywhere in the home with MHL capability.


Broadcom chips: full functionality for HDMI sticks


The BCM7250 is for the small net-top boxes such as Apple TV or Roku. The BCM72502 is for HDMI sticks and dongles. They support high contrast TVs (although Broadcom did not mention 4K videos) with an integrated CPU, HEVC decoder, MHL 2.0, HDMI 2.0 and 802.11ac.

Broadcom’s reference designs include integrated 802.11ac Wi-Fi capabilities, which is done by Broadcom’s new BCM4366 chips, which it says provide “the world’s fastest 4×4 MU-MIMO” capability.

Broadcom’s SVP of marketing in its broadband and connectivity group Rich Nelson said, “This new family brings a major boost in capabilities to what has been primarily an over-the-top (OTT) segment of the market. Operators are looking for ways to offer differentiated services on these compact devices and the BCM7250 and BCM72502 with HEVC technology, coupled with our latest video-grade Wi-Fi, makes this possible.”

The reference designs for both provide the option of 2×2 and 4×4 5G WiFi connectivity, The 4×4 5G WiFi comes from Broadcom’s new BCM4366 device, which provides broadcast-quality over Wi-Fi. Broadcom said it’s capable of wireline-like network quality performance and security, with what it called “no-new-wires easy customer installation.”

The new chips support a wide range of the latest conditional access and digital rights management technologies including full IPTV multicast services, not just OTT streams. That enables service providers to offer a range of services, “from full-service …

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