Broadcom’s TV-on-a-Chip

1080p TVs to get cheaper?

Since the arrival of 1080p sets, for the purists, watching 720p displays is now about as appealing as eating Christmas left-overs on Boxing Day. It still tastes good, but you just don’t want to.

The problem with 1080p TVs though is that they tend to cost quite a bit more than 720p examples, but that could be set to change with the arrival of Broadcom’s BCM3563 silicon chip.

Digitimes is reporting that the ‘television-on-a-chip’ part is built on a 65 nanometre process enabling more features to be crammed in along with improved performance and all at a lower cost for TV manufacturers.

For the more devoted, the features of the new chip include support for picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture displays modes, integrated LVDS transmitters for PC input, dual motion per pixel de-interlacing and 3D comb filters, support for dual component, three S-Video, five composite and one RGB input, dual 1080p 60fps HDMI receivers and extensive audio support. Crucially, the A/Ds and DACs are integrated onto the chip, which plays a large part in simplifying the system design, helping to lower costs.

The bottom line of all of this are cost savings that with any luck should be passed on to you and me. The result? Large flat 1080p telly’s with great picture quality that the great unwashed can actually afford.

Broadcom, we salute you.


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