Broadcom's new chip plays Blu-Ray and HD DVD.

Discussion in 'DVD Video' started by Allan, Jan 4, 2006.

  1. Allan

    Allan Guest

    Broadcom's new chip plays Blu-Ray and HD DVD

    "Broadcom Corp. could help PC and DVD manufacturers sidestep the
    choice between two high-definition recording standards with a chip
    that can decode signals recorded in either format."

    http://www.macworld.com/news/2006/01/03/broadcom/index.php?pf=1






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    Allan, Jan 4, 2006
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  2. Allan

    Alpha Guest

    The chip is trivial. It is not the issue at all. Nothing important here.
     
    Alpha, Jan 4, 2006
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  3. Allan

    Allan Guest

    "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."

    Ah ... yeah, nothing 'important' there.

    http://www.playfuls.com/news_0567_Broadcom_May_End_The_DVD_Format_War_.html


    "At CES 2006, Broadcom has introduced 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.

    The new chip is called Broadcom BCM7411D HD A/V decoder chip and
    supports H.264 (also known at MPEG-4 Part 10/Advanced Video Coding
    (AVC)) and VC-1 (SMPTE 421M), the SMPTE standard based on Microsoft
    Windows Media Video 9.

    Both compression standards are mandatory for Blu-ray and HD DVD
    optical disc formats. The BCM7411D also supports high definition
    MPEG-2 decoding and provides full backwards compatibility for current
    DVD video titles as well as new HD DVD titles that may be authored in
    an MPEG-2 format. A single-chip high definition decoder, supporting
    all three compression standards, enables manufacturers to build a new
    generation of media players that support both high definition optical
    discs as well as existing DVD video titles.
    A price for BCM7411D is available upon request.

    Broadcom also announced Broadcom's BCM97438 reference platform for the
    development of Blu-ray and HD DVD media players. The platform includes
    a reference board featuring the new BCM7411D HD A/V decoder chip and
    Broadcom's BCM7038 dual-channel HD digital video system chip, as well
    as a software platform that offers OEMs a wide range of integration
    options. Customers can interface their own navigation software
    solutions with application program interfaces (APIs) that provide full
    access to the underlying graphics, security, storage and I/O
    functions. Broadcom is also working with third party software vendors
    to offer fully integrated navigation software solutions for OEMs who
    want to license a complete software stack. For example, Sonic
    Solutions has announced availability of its AuthorScript BD Navigator
    solution for playback of advanced interactive Blu-ray discs on the
    BCM97438 platform."








    "Arguing with anonymous strangers on the Internet is a sucker's game
    because they almost always turn out to be -- or to be indistinguishable from
    -- self-righteous sixteen-year-olds possessing infinite amounts of free time."
    - Neil Stephenson, _Cryptonomicon_
     
    Allan, Jan 4, 2006
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  4. Allan

    Alpha Guest

    Finally we agree.
     
    Alpha, Jan 4, 2006
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