Broadcom Corp. said its silicon will power EchoStar Communications' new line of multi-TV digital receiver models, including the DISH 322 and Dish Player-DVR 522.
Broadcom noted that its chipsets will support multiple TVs via a single set-top box, a move designed to lower the overall costs of providing DBS programming to multiple sets in the same house. Cable operators are pursuing similar aims with vendors such as Motorola Broadband, Scientific-Atlanta, Digeo and Entropic Communications, a fabless semiconductor startup based in San Diego.
The DISH 322 houses Broadcom's BCM7319, a set-top decoder that integrates the equivalent functionality of two separate receivers into a single chip. Broadcom's BCM73203 provides multi-TV or PIP (picture-in-picture) support for the Dish Player-DVR 522, which contains a hard drive for digital video recording.
Both set-tops also contain Broadcom's BMC4500 Advanced Modulation Satellite Receiver and BCM3440 Digital Satellite Tuner.