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Just ahead of CES, Broadcom has announced four new solutions related to Smart TVs which will be displayed at the show. Some of the chips are intended for integration inside the TV unit while others are destined for media streamers or what Broadcom calls Over-the-Top media players.

Just ahead of CES, Broadcom has announced four new solutions related to Smart TVs which will be displayed at the show. Some of the chips are intended for integration inside the TV unit while others are destined for media streamers or what Broadcom calls Over-the-Top media players.

It would seem that smart TV is not a sexy word any more as Broadcom is using the term hybrid TV instead, although for what it's worth, it's pretty much the same thing. What is common between all three of the new SoC's from Broadcom is support for Broadcom's own Web 2.0 application framework, Adobe AIR, Qt and Android. This should allow for some varied implementations from the device makers at least.

The most basic SoC is called the BCM7219 and as with its higher-end siblings this is a 40nm chip (yes, SoC's are getting smaller and smaller too), although it lacks any really cool features. That said, it'll handle 1080p HD video, both decoding and encoding which means that we should hopefully be seeing more devices capable of recording HD video in the future. Moving up a step we have the BCM7220 which gains OpenGL ES 2.0 support for 3D UI's and maybe even some casual gaming. The third and final model is the BCM7221 which supports 3D TV MVC (Multiview Video Coding) which means that it can handle 3D TV broadcasts/streams. It can also be set up to support video conferencing if the TV has a built in camera.

The three chips have been designed to support a wide range of other technologies such as DLNA, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Display, NFC, HomePlug and bog standard Ethernet. Apparently Netgear is one of the first companies that are ready to get on board as soon as the new chips hit mass production as the company is already working with Broadcom. As for other partners we'll just have to wait until CES, although half of the time you wouldn't know what chip is inside these type of devices anyhow.

Source: Broadcom