Broadcom is introducing a headless video gateway IC that can be used to power boxes that can deliver both IP and QAM video.
While larger MSOs are collaborating on mapping out a path toward a converged network that serves a variety of customer premise equipment (CPE) that can range from simple, inexpensive one-way DTAs to complex and expensive gateways, middle-tier and smaller cable operators lack the resources – and perhaps even the need – for such sophisticated plans.
Meanwhile, a hybrid device delivering both QAM and IP could provide a path towards two-way IPTV that can be taken advantage of when the need arises.
As Broadcom points out, its new, single die IP/QAM solution, the BCM3385, allows cable operators to transition to an all IP video network at their own pace with a single, unifying software interface supporting DOCSIS, voice, routing and legacy set-top box applications.
OEMs can use the chip to create a hybrid video gateway with combined 32x8 channel bonding, DOCSIS wireless voice gateway, and complete set-top box video functionality, including real-time hardware quad transcoding.
Set-top box functionality includes advanced decoder with HEVC (H.265) which enables UltraHD (4k) video.
Networking options include a gigabit Ethernet switch, MoCA 2.0 and dual-band concurrent 5G Wi-Fi connectivity.