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CES: Broadcom Debuts Chips for 1-Gig Cable Modems, Ultra HD Set-Tops

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Las Vegas --
Broadcom is unveiling its first gigabit-speed DOCSIS 3.0 integrated circuit and
also is introducing what it claims is the world's first Ultra HD TV video decoder
chip, even though Ultra HD televisions today are pricey and years away from
mass-market adoption.

Broadcom's
fourth-generation DOCSIS 3.0 system-on-a-chip solution, the BCM3384, provides
the ability to perform channel bonding across up to 24 downstream channels (for
throughput speeds up to 960 Megabits per second in North American cable
systems) and eight upstream channels (for up to 240 Mbps).

Broadcom was
beaten to market with a 1 Gbps cable modem chip by Intel, which introduced its
Puma 6 chip last year.

But Jay Kirchoff,
Broadcom vice president of marketing for cable broadband, said just as
important as being able to receive nearly 1 Gig into the home is being able to
distribute inside the home. Broadcom is pushing its "5G" Wi-Fi chips, which support
the IEEE 802.11ac standard, for delivering gigabit Wi-Fi speeds.

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