Industry News: Technology (Feb. 2008)
Broadcom Develops New Satellite Set-Top Box Technology
Broadcom is launching a single-chip, multi-format high-definition satellite set-top box solution the company says will enable manufacturers to develop low cost satellite set-top boxes with personal video recorder functionality.
The satellite system-on-a-chip is manufactured in 65-nanometer process technology that features a high level of functionality, fully integrating a dual tuner/demodulator, and the latest generation of advanced video coding that supports multiple video formats.
By reducing the number of components required to develop satellite set-top box products, Broadcom claims that it has reduced power consumption by more than 50 percent over competing solutions, reducing the complexity and size of designing next generation set-top boxes.
Garmin To Use Sarantel Antennas In New Receiver Line
GPS manufacturer Garmin has partnered with Sarantel to provide antennas for Garmin’s Colorado range of handheld GPS receivers.
New features including an input device that allows for one-handed operation, shaded-relief and satellite imagery mapping and a color 3-inch screen with high resolution.