Broadcom Blu-ray Disc, HD DVD Reference Design

The BCM97440 reference design, from Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), is a reference design platform for the newest generation of high definition (HD) optical disc players. The BCM97440 reference design is built around the Broadcom BCM7440 system-on-a-chip (SoC) solution. The BCM7440 is the industry’s only single-chip solution that fully supports the demanding requirements of both Blu-ray Disc® and HD DVD standards. With the BCM7440 SoC as the foundation, the new BCM97440 reference design incorporates complete software stacks that meet Blu-ray(tm), HD DVD, and universal player requirements enabling manufacturers to introduce mass market HD solutions to market quickly, and at the right price points for widespread consumer adoption.

The BCM7440 Blu-ray/HD DVD SoC offers OEMs a high performance, single-chip media player design platform that incorporates the decoding, processing and memory functions for both Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD media players, eliminating the need for manufacturers to build two different hardware platforms. It integrates a multiple core MIPS® architecture, a multi-stream HD video decoder, dedicated graphics engines, digital signal processing (DSP)-based audio processors, a security processor, double data rate (DDR) interfaces, integrated video and audio outputs and a complete array of system and network connectivity interfaces.

The BCM97440 reference platform offers a full range of analog and digital outputs including full 1080p HDMI 1.3 digital output, HD component and standard definition baseband video analog outputs, SPDIF and stereo analog outputs, an optional multi-channel analog output module, optical drive interfaces, a 10/100 Base-T Ethernet port, and a USB 2.0 expansion port. The BCM97440 reference design supports a complete software stack that meets Blu-ray, HD DVD and universal player requirements, and has been designed to allow OEMs or ODMs to easily customize the overall look and feel of the splash screens and system menus. The software stack includes support for easily adding additional languages and remote control codes.

The BCM97440C reference design with a Blu-ray Disc and legacy DVD application software stack is available now to qualified OEMs and ODMs. The HD DVD and universal dual format application software will be available in the first half of 2008.

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