Broadcom video codec to power Tata Sky's Ultra HD set-top boxes

By Kul Bhushan | Published on 30 Jul 2014

Tata Sky’s Ultra HD STBs, produced by Technicolor, will be deployed throughout India in the first half of 2015.

Broadcom video codec to power Tata Sky's Ultra HD set-top boxes

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Broadcom has announced its BCM7252 video codec (HEVC) H.265 system-on-chip (SoC) will power Tata Sky’s first generation Ultra HD set-top boxes (STBs). Tata Sky’s Ultra HD STBs, produced by Technicolor, will be deployed throughout India in the first half of 2015.  

Tata Sky and Technicolor have teamed to design and deploy the region’s first 4K STBs, planned for mass deployment throughout India in 2015. Broadcom’s HEVC-enabled chipsets provide the compression and higher throughput required by operators and OEMs to rapidly introduce Ultra HD subscriber hardware and content.

Ultra HD deployments hinge on the advanced delivery mechanisms for over-the-air broadcasts, pay TV and over the-top (OTT) services. Unlike HD, which typically relies on MPEG-4 to compress content, Ultra HD needs a higher-efficiency video codec to support transmission. Broadcom says its BCM7252 Ultra HD SoC improves coding efficiency and reduces video bandwidth usage by 50 percent.

“We are committed to delivering an innovative and world class TV viewing experience. With the arrival of HEVC technology, our subscribers will soon be some of the first in the region to experience the live-action quality that only Ultra HD can provide,” says Harit Nagpal, Tata Sky Managing Director & CEO. “As Ultra HD TVs continue to become more affordable and Ultra HD content becomes more widely available, we anticipate increased subscriber demand for Ultra HD-capable set top boxes.”

“By leveraging Broadcom's advanced Ultra HD devices with integrated HEVC compression technology, we can deliver 4K resolution at a frame rate of 60 frames-per-second while substantially reducing the bandwidth required for video transmission, and providing the advanced features and capabilities needed to enable the ultimate home viewing experience,” says  Georges Laplanche, Technicolor Senior Vice President APAC, Connected Home Division.  

Key Features of the BCM7252 Ultra HD SoC

·         dual-core Brahma15 10000 DMIPs ARMv7 processors

·         2180p60 or dual 1080p60 decode and transcode capabilities

·         Integrated connectivity peripherals including USB 3.0, PCIe, Gigabit Ethernet and MoCA 2.0

·       Platform security, content protection and DRM robustness

·         Dual display allowing presentation of two simultaneous video channels from the same STB via independent HDMI outputs and remote control devices

·         Dedicated interfaces to a range of Broadcom companion front end cable, DOCSIS, satellite and 802.11ac Wi-Fi devices

Kul Bhushan


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