AMSTERDAM -- In advance of the IBC 2019 Conference, RDK Management and Broadcom Inc. (NASDAQ:AVGO) today announced an expanded relationship in which Broadcom joined the RDK Video Accelerator program and introduced a portfolio of pre-integrated RDK based chipset solutions.
Specifically, Broadcom’s BCM72180 and BCM72604 Advanced Ultra HD chipsets will enable CPE manufacturers to create different classes of new RDK Video Accelerator set-top boxes (STBs). These chipsets will come pre-integrated with the latest RDK software, RDK application framework, and the Metrological App Store to deliver the highest levels of 4K content and premium audio enabling the optimum viewing experience. RDK Video Accelerators are reference STBs that enable service providers to rapidly develop, test, and launch new video applications, while maintaining control over UIs, consumer-facing applications, and set-top box data.
Released January 2019, Broadcom’s BCM72180 is the latest generation of Advanced HDR Ultra High Definition (UHD), high-security STB system-on-chip (SoC) devices with 50% higher performance and 50% lower power than the prior generation. Newly integrated technologies include the streaming optimized AV1 UHD IPTV video codec, personalized Far-Field Voice (FFV) control, and 2x2 Wi-Fi 6 for significantly better streaming performance, higher security, and lower power consumption. The flexible BCM72180 supports hybrid (Cable, Satellite, and Terrestrial) and traditional IPTV designs, with and without FFV. Built in the latest CMOS silicon technology, these UHD SoC devices assure operators a very long service life with the highest levels of performance and video quality, plus uncompromising non-host CPU based content and data security.
RDK is an open source software platform for the connected home that standardizes core functions used in broadband, video, and IoT connected devices. It enables service providers to manage their devices; control their business models; and customize their apps, UIs and data analytics to improve the customer experience and drive business results. For video, RDK provides a common method to manage video tuning; conditional access; DRM; stream management; diagnostics; and more.
Broadcom will showcase its RDK Video Accelerator chipset solutions during the upcoming IBC Conference in Amsterdam at CommScope and Kaon IBC booths.