Broadcom’s BCM7411D chip supports both HD DVD and Blu-Ray
With Sony and Toshiba continuing their separate efforts to develop their own different next generation DVD formats, it becomes complicated for the end consumer to decide which format drives he would purchase in the future to get better storage capabilities. However, a solution might be in sight with Broadcom Corp. announcing the arrival of their new chip BCM7411D, which has the capabilities to decode signals, recorded in both these formats.
The company unveiled this new chip at the just before the starting of the 2006 International Consumer Electronics Show. This event would show the latest products and technical advancements from the players from both the HD DVD and Blu-Ray group. Sony developed Blu-Ray format is supported by Matsushita, Dell, Apple, and some of the biggest movie studios in America.
On the other hand, Toshiba has the vital support of both Microsoft and Intel along with NEC. Some of the movie studios have also confirmed that they plan to support both the formats to suit the requirement of the end movie-watching customer. This means that a common solution like the one developed by Broadcom can result in converged products with the capabilities of playing discs developed in either of these two formats.
Jonathan Goldberg, senior product line manager with Broadcom said in a statement about their initiative: â€œOur chipset will play 100 percent of HD DVD and 100 percent of Blu-Ray, and all the special features that come with that.â€ Their chip supports the H.264 and VC-1 recording standards along with video recorded in the high-definition MPEG-2 format.