Broadcom announced the world’s first 65 nm digital TV single-chip receivers that support the DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcast- Terrestrial) and DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcast-Handheld) standards.
The system-on-a-chip (SoC) receivers set a new precedent for radio performance and accommodate the stringent power and size constraints of cellular handsets and other portable devices that offer mobile TV applications. Broadcom’s new mobile TV market solutions will offer compelling improvements that result in longer battery life, better reception and lower costs – enabling mobile TV for the masses.
Announced today is the Broadcom BCM2940 mobile TV receiver – a 65nm monolithic single-chip solution that integrates a dual-mode demodulator and tuner to support both DVB-T and DVB-H for the high-growth cellular handset market. Also announced is the 65nm Broadcom BCM2930 mobile TV receiver that is optimized for DVB-T applications targeting today’s high volume set-top-box and PC markets, and enables digital TV broadcasts as a value-added feature on portable platforms.
The Broadcom BCM2940 mobile TV receiver – a 65nm monolithic single-chip solution that integrates a dual-mode demodulator and tuner to support both DVB-T and DVB-H for the high-growth cellular handset market – and the 65nm Broadcom BCM2930 mobile TV receiver optimized for DVB-T applications were announced yesterday.
DVB-T and DVB-H services are becoming ubiquitous and increasing in availability on handheld devices, including cell phones and emerging portable media players, since the screens are large enough to support standard definition TV. The technology is becoming an integral part of global broadcasting, setting the standard for satellite, cable, terrestrial and IP- based services. Services using DVB standards are available on every continent with over 170 million DVB receivers of all kinds deployed worldwide.
The BCM2930 and BCM2940 devices offer significant improvements over existing mobile TV solutions on several fronts. They reduce power consumption by up to 40% and footprint requirements by up to 30% from current handset design budgets. The advanced tuner and demodulator design of both chips allows for measurably improved reception indoors and in high-speed environments.
In developing the BCM2940 and BCM2930, Broadcom leveraged its RF expertise and IP portfolio to include a high performance RF tuner and television demodulator, which are prevalent in Broadcom’s industry leading and field proven cable set-top box products.
The Broadcom BCM2940 and BCM2930 receivers integrate RF tuners with robust, field proven and standards-compliant DVB-T and DVB-H digital basebands on a monolithic standard digital CMOS die. Ideally suited for digital TV reception on portable devices almost anywhere in the world, both devices support VHF III, UHF IV and V bands. The BCM2940 additionally supports the EU/US L-bands and integrates 4Mb MPE-FEC SRAM to handle DVB-H parallel/consecutive streams and services. Both offer a variety of physical interfaces including SPI, SDIO and USB 2.0.
The Broadcom BCM2940 and BCM2930 are available in an FBGA package, while the BCM2940 is also available in a WLBGA package. Both mobile TV devices and firmware are now sampling to qualified customers. Pricing is available upon request.
The company will demonstrate its new mobile TV SoCs at next week’s 2008 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, from February 11th to 14th.