Global MHG shipments projected to climb to 9.6 million units in 2015 and 2016, up from just 90,000 in 2011, according to an IHS Screen Digest report entitled “Multimedia Home Gateways: The Future of the Digital Home,”.
Broadcom’s fifth-generation DTA chip, the BCM7576 likely a big winner in this space. The SoC supports HD video and a IP mini server that can convert encrypted QAM video channels into protected IP streams. Following that conversion, this new class of chip can then shuttle those IP video streams for viewing on consumer electronic devices via home network connections that use Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) technology with DTCP-IP content protection.
Broadcom’s newest chipset uses a Full-Band Capture digital tuner, meaning it can grab channels from anywhere on cable’s spectrum up to 1GHz, and do away with multiple tuners. The Full Band Capture feature will also enable the new SoC to support fast channel changes and up to four concurrent service streams. This means the SoC can deliver content to a TV set while also distributing content to as many as three more retail devices that are hanging off the home network.