2Wire picks Broadcom’s SoC solution for MediaPoint

Tue, 01/06/2009 - 7:20am
Traci Patterson

2Wire has selected Broadcom Corp.’s BCM7405 digital set-top box system-on-a-chip (SoC) solution to power its new MediaPoint digital media player.

The MediaPoint player enables service providers to provide entertainment offerings delivered directly to customers’ TVs, including movies, video, music and other on-demand, Web-based media content, as well as personal music and video content.

2Wire will use the BCM7405 STB SoC to further enhance the performance of the MediaPoint broadband entertainment solution to meet next-generation service provider requirements and provide a cost-effective means to deliver on-demand Internet content and personal media directly to the TV, according to the company.

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week, Broadcom is demonstrating the capabilities of its BCM7405 on the 2Wire MediaPoint digital media player.

In November, 2Wire and Blockbuster announced that the 2Wire MediaPoint player would be used to provide instant access to Blockbuster OnDemand content.

Meanwhile, 2Wire has introduced the HomePortal GEM platform, which includes intelligent gateways and expansion modules that enable services ranging from cordless phone DECT base stations and femtocells to home control interfaces and intelligent home servers.

The GEM platform is designed for incremental expansion through physical modules, as well as through next-generation software, applications and management systems, the company said. And the application software development kit (SDK) and snap-on hardware modules allow service providers to provision a variety of applications – including their own and those authored by third parties.

The first wave of GEM applications is expected to include technology from companies such as Logitech, OpenDNS and SharedBand. New third-party applications will include home surveillance, home automation, digital media server and digital life backup services, among others, according to 2Wire.

The GEM platform enables integration with retail home networking and consumer electronics devices. It offers an integrated solution for delivering data, voice and entertainment services, and it works with home networking technologies including Wi-Fi, Ethernet and USB 2.0.

Initial samples of the 2Wire HomePortal GEM platform are currently being evaluated by service providers, 2Wire said, and volume shipment is expected this year.

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