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CES: Broadcom Knits NDS Security Into 3D-Capable Set-Top Chips

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Broadcom is integrating NDS's VideoGuard Security Kernel into its family of 11 system-on-a-chip solutions based on a 40-nanometer architecture, each of which has the horsepower to handle full-resolution 3DTV content as well as secure content sharing over home networks.

The 40-nm set-top box designs from Broadcom will integrate NDS's advanced conditional access features such as Control Word Protection and ICAM (integrated conditional access module) into silicon.

"The NDS VideoGuard security architecture enables pay-TV operators to securely deliver broadcast and on-demand content and services to devices in and around the home," NDS vice president of consumer device platforms Martin Kaufmann said in a statement. "The integration of our Security Kernel with Broadcom chipsets enables us to provide a more advanced and hardened level of protection for operators who select Broadcom technology."

Broadcom's 11 40-nm STB SoC solutions, with NDS NSK 2.0 support, also feature whole-home connectivity that includes DLNA, MoCA and Ethernet support. The SoCs deliver full-resolution 3DTV, including support for MPEG H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) and Multiview Video Coding (MVC) standards as well as an OpenGL ES 2.0 3D graphics processing unit (GPU) for advanced 3D graphics.

The chips are sampling now and expected to be in production in the second half of 2011.

Last month, Broadcom announced the first two members of the 40-nm SoC family, the BCM7422 and BCM7421, which are designed for HD video gateways.

According to Broadcom, the 40-nm complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) silicon technology packs in more than twice as many transistors as the company's prior-generation 65-nm SoCs for about the same unit cost.

Broadcom will show off the new SoCs at the Consumer Electronics Show this week.