Single-Chip DAC SoC is designed for cable STBs.

Press Release Summary:

Built on 65 nm technology, BCM3545 is digital-to-analog (DTA) system-on-a-chip (SoC) transitions analog cable customers to digital broadcasting. This ENERGY STAR-compliant SoC, suited for STB OEMs, enables cable operators to move to all-digital infrastructures by delivering digital-quality video and audio service to existing analog cable customers.

Original Press Release:

Broadcom Announces Leading Single-Chip Cable Set-Top Box Digital-to-Analog Adapter Solution

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 18 -- Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ:BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced a new digital-to-analog (DTA) system-on-a-chip (SoC) solution that enables cable set-top box (STB) OEMs to provide cable operators with a cost effective device that transitions analog cable customers to digital broadcasting. The new Broadcom(R) DTA chip paves the way for the expanded network capacity needed to provide additional high definition (HD) content and is currently used by manufacturers building DTA converter boxes for Comcast, the nation's leading provider of entertainment, information and communications.

"Broadcom is a major supplier of SoC solutions for the converter box market and we are very excited to support the nation's transition from analog to digital broadcasting by enabling cable STB manufacturers with a leading DTA chip," said Daniel Marotta, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Broadcom's Broadband Communications Group. "The introduction of this new chip will provide our customers with a state-of-the-art 65 nanometer ENERGY STAR-compliant SoC that will enable them to provide low cost converter solutions demanded by North American cable operators."

Announced today is the BCM3545 DTA SoC that enables cable operators to move quickly and cost efficiently to all-digital infrastructures by delivering digital-quality video and audio service to existing analog cable customers. As of the February 17, 2009 broadcast digital transition, cable operators will deliver triple cast services (i.e. analog, standard definition (SD) and high definition digital signals) to their customers, and adapters will become one of the cost effective ways that cable providers will deliver analog and SD broadcast signals.

Designed in 65 nanometer, the single-chip BCM3545 cable DTA SoC provides significant benefits over larger process geometries by enabling lower power consumption, higher CPU and memory performance for fast channel changes, and higher levels of integration that result in smaller form factors and lower cost adapters. The new DTA chip is based upon the earlier generation BCM3543 SoC that is used in many terrestrial broadcast designs and is ENERGY STAR-compliant.

Availability and Pricing

The BCM3545 DTA SoC is now in production. Pricing is available upon request.

About Broadcom's Broadband Communications Group

Broadcom offers manufacturers a range of broadband communications and consumer electronics system-on-a-chip solutions that enable voice, video, data and multimedia services over residential wired and wireless networks. These highly integrated silicon solutions continue to enable the most advanced system solutions on the market, which include digital cable, satellite and IP set-top boxes and media servers, broadband modems and residential gateways, high definition and digital televisions, Blu-ray Disc(R) players and recorders and personal video recorders and media PC technology.

About Broadcom

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(R).

Broadcom is one of the world's largest fabless semiconductor companies, with 2007 revenue of $3.78 billion, and holds over 2,800 U.S. and 1,200 foreign patents, more than 7,300 additional pending patent applications, and one of the broadest intellectual property portfolios addressing both wired and wireless transmission of voice, video, data and multimedia.

Broadcom is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and has offices and research facilities in North America, Asia and Europe. Broadcom may be contacted at +1.949.926.5000 or at

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