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Broadcom converts low-res video to hi-res

Mon, 12/08/2008 - 7:20am
Brian Santo

Broadcom has developed a means of converting lower-quality video to higher resolution, taking anything from Web-based video to standard-definition (SD) TV and making it suitable for viewing on large-screen high-definition (HD) TVs.

Broadcom says its new super resolution technology for DTVs provides increased spatial resolution, additional fine detail, sharpened details with less blurriness, and reduced artifacts such as jagged edges and flickering lines. The company did not provide more technical details.

Broadcom intends to show not only this capability at the upcoming CES 2009, but also will demonstrate Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) technology, which bridges various wired and wireless home networking standards, and some digital television products that incorporate technology acquired when Broadcom bought AMD’s DTV business.

No single networking technology has proven to be an optimal home networking solution in all homes. DLNA aims to make it easier to create a home network that combines multiple networking technologies. Broadcom’s DLNA demo will show how digital media can be transmitted across several connectivity technologies, including MoCA, Wi-Fi and Ethernet, between a variety of consumer electronics (CE) devices, mobile handsets, set-top boxes (STBs) and personal computers.

Broadcom said it is integrating DLNA support into a range of its system-on-a-chip (SoC) products for CE devices, mobile handsets, STBs and PCs.

DLNA has the support of approximately 250 companies, including CE, computer and mobile device manufacturers, service providers, and component and software developers, Broadcom noted. As of November, DLNA had certified more than 3,100 DLNA- enabled products from 36 different manufacturers.

Broadcom said it will also demonstrate a complete 120 Hz AVC-connected TV platform and a complete hardware/software system solution that integrates the customer application ready design (CARD) reference platform.

Dan Marotta, senior vice president and general manager of Broadcom's Broadband Communications Group, said: “Two of our new DTV technology demonstrations at CES showcase higher integration and advanced functionality that provide our OEM partners with the ability to customize and differentiate their next-generation products while lowering overall bill-of-material (BOM) cost and accelerating time-to-market.”

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