Broadcom Corporation has announced that it will power Ultra HD set-top box (STB) technology in collaboration with Vodafone Germany. Broadcom will exhibit its full line of Ultra HD SoCs at IBC, from 12 to 16 September. Vodafone will be introducing this technology in its 4K-enabled consumer set-top box, the first Ultra HD STB to be launched in Germany, will deliver broadband subscribers Ultra HD content at 4X the resolution of traditional HD displays.
Broadcom’s high efficiency video coding (HEVC)-enabled BCM7252 device enables the operators such as Vodafone to use bandwidth more efficiently, enabling uninterrupted delivery otherwise bandwidth-intensive 4K, 60 frame-per-second transmissions (4Kp60) at 50 percent of the bit rate previously required.
Speaking about this, said Rich Nelson, Broadcom Senior Vice President of Marketing, Broadband & Connectivity Group, said, “Broadcom’s pioneering Ultra HD technology will enable Ultra HD content for millions of potential Vodafone’s fixed broadband subscribers. As a leading provider of silicon for Ultra HD technology, Broadcom’s BCM7252 SoC allows Vodafone to bring crystal-clear Ultra HD definition content to consumer’s home TV sets for the first time in Germany”.
The Broadcom BCM7252 Ultra HD SoC is currently sampling and Vodafone Germany expects to offer its 4K IPTV set-top box to consumers by the first half of 2015.