More silicon support for HD voice from Broadcom this week

At Broadband World Forum this week, Broadcom announced an IAD SoC (System on a Chip) to integrate everything but the kitchen sink; including ADSL2+/VDSL2, channel bonding and G.vector with 802.1n, Ethernet switching, and “Multi-channel HD voice.”

The Broadcom BCM63168 xDSL IAD SoC integrates 802.11n, Gigabit Ethernet Switching, DECT, VoIP, Packet and Quality of Service Acceleration, and xDSL transceiver supporting Channel Bonding and G.vector into a single chip.  Features include a dual-core 400 MHz MIPS CPU, “robust” DECT/CAT-iq/ULE (Ultra Low Energy) compliant core for cordless phone support and home automation.

Broadcom will be showing off several new reference designs at Broadband World Forum, including an xDSL home gateway, advanced VDSL physical layer rates via G.vector and Channel Bonding, and the DECT ULE capability for home automation.

References to DECT home automation are particularly interesting; DSP Group was promoting CAT-iq for a private WAN/home automation solution at CES in January 2011.

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