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Broadcom bows HD/DVR chip

Tue, 01/06/2004 - 7:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

Signaling its entrance into the consumer TV market, Broadcom Corp. introduced a chipset with integrated high-definition television and digital video recording capabilities.

The chipset, the BCM7038, can also be used for cable set-tops, satellite receivers and stand-alone HD-DVD players, the company said.

The new silicon also supports the delivery of HD broadcasting to multiple televisions, separate HD programs with picture-in-picture and HD watch-and-record DVR capabilities, Broadcom added. The BCM7038 also handles traditional DVR functions such as live pause, fast-forward and reverse, and incorporates DVR software drivers for platforms from Tivo Inc. and NDS Group.

Broadcom said the chip is available today, and sells for $60 per unit in volumes of 10,000.

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