Broadcom Releases New Satellite Chipset for Outdoors

Broadcom BCM4551

Broadcom CTO Henry Samueli meets with Bay Area journalists at Geek Peek, where he gave insights into tech trends for CES and beyond. Photo: Broadcom

[Via Satellite 1-07-2014] Broadcom Corporation has announced a new Outdoor Unit (ODU) satellite chipset that enables operators to deliver a wider range of services to more subscribers without additional satellite dish installations.

Access to FTA channels provided by a range of satellites has stimulated demand for satellite TV among residential customers worldwide. Up to now, installation cost and the need for separate coaxial cable for each set-top box have resulted in higher deployment cost for satellite operators.

Broadcom’s BCM4551 also offers a higher level of integration, while consuming less power than the previous generation chipset, and it enables direct sampling of low-noise block (LNB) outputs across worldwide ODU satellite markets. The simplified design of Broadcom’s new ODU chipset also allows 24 DVB-S2 channels to be stacked on a single coaxial cable to service any set-top box in a home, simplifying and reducing satellite operator installation costs.

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