Broadcom has found away to profit from the continuing Blu-ray/HD DVD high definition DVD wrangle – Broadcom Announces First Fully Compliant High-Definition Decoder Chip for Blu-ray™ Disc and HD DVD™ Media Players:
Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in wired and wireless broadband communications semiconductors, today announced the industry’s first high definition (HD) audio/video decoder chip that is fully compliant with the emerging Blu-ray™ and HD DVD™ optical disc formats. Compliance with Blu-ray and HD DVD formats permits the recording and playback of high definition video on blue laser-based optical disc media and drives. Broadcom’s latest high definition decoder chip enables a new generation of consumer electronics devices that can decode compressed HD video stored on Blu-ray or HD DVD formatted discs.
It’s the Broadcom® BCM7411D HD A/V decoder chip and Jonathan Goldberg, Senior Product Line Manager says, “Our chip set will play 100 percent of HD-DVD and 100 percent of Blu-ray, and all the special features that come with that.” Sounds good, but the major drive manufacturers seem to be in one camp or the other and there’s a software bill for support besides the firmware.
And yes, this was a CES announcement where we will certainly hear more later in the week.