Web Apps Find a Secure Path to the Living Room TV

To understand the power of the latest technology to be unveiled by Broadcom, first think about how apps have redefined the mobile computing experience. Surfing the Web over a mobile device like a tablet PC or a smartphone no longer involves visiting a “site” on a web page. Today, mobile apps are the gateways to the on-the-go Internet, offering nicely organized access to games, news, tweets, videos and more.

Now, as the app continues to evolve, the experience is heading for bigger screens, notably the TV screen that’s mounted to the living room wall. And that’s where Broadcom technology comes into play. The launch of the BCM7435 System on a Chip (SoC) marks a significant milestone in the next generation of television because it empowers the Pay-TV operators – which already have set-top boxes in millions of living rooms – to expand their lineup of offerings to include content-rich apps.

They key is the security that keeps the two types of content – the Web-based content and the premium broadcast content – from exposing each other to possible vulnerabilities, such as attacks or outages. Specifically, it’s the “Web Domain Security” element that works behind the scenes of the BCM7435 to manage the two content platforms in their secured, but separate, processing worlds and to police the interactions they have with each other.

The result is a Web application that has no knowledge of and no access to any part of the inner highly-secured portion of the SoC. The benefit to the subscriber is an enriched user experience of downloadable applications, social networking, web-based widgets and more. For the media service operator, the benefit is the technology it takes to venture into new business models while preserving the security of the old one.

With the recognition that tablets and smart handsets are playing an ever increasing role in the enjoyment of digital media in the home, the BCM7435 offers quad transcode technology integrated into the chip, eliminating the need for expensive external peripheral hardware. The BCM7435 supports up to four 720p30 encodes from any of its four on-chip decoders or even from its integrated HDMI input.

The BCM7435 combines these two new capabilities with a 500Mbit per second / 22 video parallel context transport capacity. As a result, it is able to deliver video to a fully loaded MoCA 2.0 network, service a dual band wireless network, support dual HD local decode/display, service dual SATA III storage and even bridge to a 1G eNet port.

The next revolution in digital living is content portability – enjoying premium video, Internet and Apps anywhere, This latest breakthrough in technological design allows that revolution to proceed smoothly.

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Dana Orsini heads communications for Broadcom Foundation and its flagship programs, including the yearly MASTERS® science and engineering fair competition, Broadcom Community Heroes and Broadcom Presents… More