Broadcom Expands Low-Power ODU Satellite Device Portfolio
[Via Satellite 01-05-2015] Broadcom announced a new low-power satellite device in its Outdoor Unit (ODU) portfolio. The BCM4554 adds support for up to 32 resident Set-Top Boxes (STBs) on a single coaxial cable within a multiple dwelling unit, enabling operators to deliver additional services to more subscribers without requiring new satellite dish installations. These offerings also enable operators to improve services such as faster channel changing by assigning more channels to a single STB.
Among residential customers worldwide, access to free-to-air channels provided by a range of satellites has stimulated demand for satellite TV. In order to lessen deployment costs resulting from the need for separate coaxial cables for each STB, Broadcom’s BCM4554 device simplifies installation for these additional service offerings.
Broadcom’s BCM4554 offers a higher level of integration while consuming less power than the previous generation chipset. It also enables direct sampling of low-noise block (LNB) outputs across worldwide ODU satellite markets. The simplified design of Broadcom’s new ODU chipset allows 32 DVB-S2 channels to be stacked on a single coaxial cable to service any STB in a home, simplifying and reducing satellite operator installation costs.