Full-band capture satellite channel stacker IC

September 07, 2011 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Broadcom has announced its entry into the satellite Out Door Unit (ODU) market with its 40-nm BCM4550 full-band capture (FBC) satellite channel stacker, which claims to be the industry's first fully integrated satellite ODU solution to support FBC technology.

The BCM4550 with integrated full-band capture digital tuning technology dramatically minimizes satellite TV installation costs and complexity, delivering single wire architecture into the home. Enabling breakthrough design efficiency and scalable bandwidth to operators, Broadcom's ODU technology meets industry demand for more set-top boxes in the home. This provides a TV everywhere connected home experience with additional HD video streams, multi-room DVR and IP services.

The IC drives future TV by leapfroging current analog architecture by moving to digital and supporting up to 24 minimally spaced channels, which opens up the ability to stream independent HD broadcast streams and IP services from a single cable to multiple connected devices.

The BCM4550 simplifies installation and upgrades via stacked channel technology which allows single cable installation, which in-turn significantly reduces the cost and complexity for installs and upgrades with better home theater aesthetics for subscribers. Further, full-Band Capture (FBC) digital tuning technology digitizes the entire spectrum enabling more efficient and flexible distribution of video streams and IP services.

Finally, lower system cost: replaces multiple analog ODU chips with a single lower cost mixed signal chip.

Broadcom's 40nm BCM4550 Full-Band Capture Satellite Channel Stacker Solution is the industry's first fully integrated satellite ODU solution to support FBC technology. It is now shipping to customers.

According to Dan Marotta, EVP and GM, Broadband Communications Group, "Driving the next evolution in satellite TV, our satellite ODU technology simplifies cabling architecture and dramatically reduces the cost and complexity to upgrade and install satellite TV while delivering multiple HD video streams and multi-room DVR services throughout the home."

For further information: www.broadcom.com.