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January 3, 2006

Broadcom chip does both Blu-ray and HD DVD

Posted by David Hunter at 9:30 PM ET.

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.

Filed under Blu-ray, CES06, Conferences, HD DVD, Hardware

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One Response to “Broadcom chip does both Blu-ray and HD DVD”

  1. Microsoft News Tracker » Microsoft News from CES06 - Installment 1 Says:

    [...] And straddling the fence, Viacom’s Paramount Pictures announced titles for both formats as will Time Warner’s Warner Bros. There was earlier high definition DVD news from Broadcom. Posted @ 5:44 pm. Filed under Executives, Coopetition, Bill Gates, Conferences, Windows Mobile, RIM, Hardware, HD DVD, Blu-ray, Sony, CES06, Palm   [Permalink] [...]

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