Broadcom introduces complete media PC HD video solutions

Broadcom, a fabless semiconductor company, has announced new media PC solutions that enable the playback of HD video content across a wide range of PCs.

By lowering CPU use, and integrating seamlessly into Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows XP environments, Broadcom's media PC solutions enable mainstream PCs featuring integrated graphics to play back HD content from either a Blu-ray disc or HD-DVD, as well as from HD downloaded or broadcast content. The new solutions are available in three add-in card formats (including desktop PCI Express, PCI Express mini-card or ExpressCard 34) and as a chipset solution for PC motherboard applications.

Leveraging Broadcom's technologies in the HD STB and consumer HD-DVD and Blu-ray player markets, the company’s media PC technology provides the video playback of multiformat (VC-1, H.264 and MPEG-2) HD content for the mainstream PC market. With total power consumption of approximately 2W, Broadcom's media PC solutions help extend battery life on notebook PCs, enabling full-length movie playback.

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