Broadcom, NDS Team Up on PVRs


Broadcom Corp. said it plans to increase its presence in the
personal-video-recorder silicon sector by integrating two cable and satellite
set-top-box chip technologies with NDS Group plc's PVR software and
conditional-access system.

Broadcom said its new family of set-top chips will integrate 'Random Access
Scrambled-Stream Protocol' (RASP) -- a technology that enables PVRs to
fast-forward, pause and rewind encrypted content saved to a local hard disk --
with NDS' 'XTV' software. NDS is pushing XTV as a standard for set-tops with
on-board PVR capabilities.

Broadcom's second integrated technology, 'Integrated Conditional Access
Module,' is currently supported by NDS' 'Videoguard' conditional-access system,
which fosters password protection, customer spending limits and parental
controls for pay TV applications.

'By adding hardware support for NDS' XTV and RASP technologies into our
next-generation set-top-box chips, we are optimizing our chips for the rapidly
emerging market for interactive PVR applications,' said Rich Nelson, senior
director of marketing for Broadcom's broadband-communications business unit, in
a press release.

Broadcom said its 'BCM93730 Advanced Home Gateway Set-Top Box Reference
Design' currently supports XTV, RASP and NDS smart cards.