Integrated Dual-Band 802.11n Wi-Fi and Advanced Connectivity Support Enable Exciting New Features and Applications, Enhancing the Overall User Experience
LAS VEGAS - 2011 International CES --Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced that LG Electronics (LG) has selected Broadcom chipsets for use in its wireless connected digital TVs and Blu-ray Disc® players.
LG's HDTVs and Blu-ray players are designed to embody four key characteristics for the average consumer: Easy, Fun, More and Better. LG's popular devices are meant to be very easy to use, which is achieved through a Home Dashboard and intuitive user interface that lets viewers use applications and access a range of premium content all on a single screen. Similar to an Internet portal, Home Dashboard helps viewers select their favorite Internet-based content instantly without having to browse numerous websites.
Home Dashboard and seamless wireless connectivity for LG's HDTVs and Blu-ray players are powered by Broadcom's latest connected digital TV and Blu-ray platforms, allowing the consumer to conveniently access Skype(TM), YouTube®, Netflix®, VUDU(TM), Yahoo® Widgets and other web-based content.
o There are 30 million U.S. broadband households able to view some form of
online video on the TV, according to In-Stat Research. In addition to
downloading digital video, close to 90 percent of these households can
also stream online video to the TV. Over the next five years, In-Stat
forecasts that the majority of consumer electronics devices purchased,
including digital TVs, Blu-ray players and gaming consoles, will be
web-enabled. This includes 137 million devices expected to ship in the
U.S. by 2014. Of these web-enabled devices, 55 percent will have Wi-Fi
o LG's SMART TV product line is powered by the highly integrated
Broadcom® BCM35230 connected digital TV system-on-a-chip (SoC) platform
that offers new options for accessing video content on a TV through the
Internet or a consumer's own in-home network. It supports the connected
services, dynamic applications and interactive content that are changing
the way that consumers use their televisions. Additional features
o A high powered dual-core custom MIPS® CPU and graphics processing
unit (GPU) for an uncompromised connected TV experience.
o Industry leading video processing solution with advanced
functionality including 120Hz, frame rate conversion, deinterlacing
and super resolution to enhance the viewing experience on Internet,
broadcast and Blu-ray content.
o Integrated connectivity and support for worldwide broadcast
standards that provides a low cost global platform for Internet TV.
o The Broadcom BCM7633 single-chip Blu-ray platform powers LG's Blu-ray
players and combines proven optical front-end and back-end video
decoding and display technology while adding support for 3D and
feature-rich Internet-based streaming applications.
o To enable the latest in wireless connectivity features, LG's integrated
wireless LAN (WLAN) capabilities utilize the Broadcom BCM43236 on both
their DTV and Blu-ray platforms. The BCM43236 is the world's first
complete dual-band single-chip 802.11n solution for universal serial bus
(USB) applications. As part of Broadcom's Intensi-fi® WLAN portfolio,
the BCM43236 enables high performance, small form-factor and cost
effective solutions for CE devices, including wireless video streaming.
The BCM43236 can also be used as an 'after market' solution to add high
performance wireless connectivity to devices without built-in Wi-Fi
capabilities. Additional features of the BCM43236 include:
o An integrated 802.11n baseband and media access controller (MAC)
with two radios (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) that supports dual-stream
o Accelerange® technology that provides a unique set of hardware and
software enhancements to provide higher throughput and more robust
wireless coverage in the far corners of a home.
o Complete support of the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED(TM) Wi-Fi Direct(TM)
peer-to-peer functionality that is fully interoperable and compliant
with the Wi-Fi Alliance® specification.
o An integrated ARM® processor and on-chip RAM that can offload
wireless functions from the host processor in consumer devices.
Keith Nissen, Principal Analyst, In-Stat
"Consumers' penchant for online video and the influx of home networks are spurring the growth of connected TVs and Blu-ray players. By 2012, we predict that nearly 45 percent of flat panel TVs will include connectivity features, which will create exciting business models, expand entertainment services and greatly enhance consumers' viewing experience. In the same timeframe, over 90 percent of Blu-ray Disc players being shipped will deliver online digital entertainment to any digital TV in the home."
Dan Marotta, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Broadcom's Broadband Communications Group:
"We are very pleased that LG selected our connected digital TV, Blu-ray and Wi-Fi connectivity solutions giving users networked entertainment, enhanced video-on-demand services and the simplified internet connectivity that only Wi-Fi can offer the consumer. We look forward to our continued collaboration with LG to implement this advanced technology for next generation HDTVs and Blu-ray players as they become the hub of entertainment, information and communication in the digital home."
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Broadcom Corporation is a major technology innovator and global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom products enable the delivery of voice, video, data and multimedia to and throughout the home, the office and the mobile environment. We provide the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip and software solutions to manufacturers of computing and networking equipment, digital entertainment and broadband access products, and mobile devices. These solutions support our core mission: Connecting everything®.
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