S3 Group and Broadcom have given details of their role in two new low power HD set-top boxes being deployed by BSkyB.
The Amstrad manufactured DRX890 and DRX895 have been shipping to customers since the beginning of the year – the Broadband TV News office took delivery of the DRX890 in May – and the 1.5 terabyte DRX895 PVR first appeared in January.
Broadcom has contributed its BCM7335 HD DVR satellite system-on-chip (SoC), providing advanced features and low power consumption. S3 put the receivers through its StormTest automated testing solution that Sky has been using since early 2009.
Roger Lambert, Sky’s director of customer technology, commented: “Working with Broadcom and S3 Group as partners has been a great experience and we are very proud of the products we have created together. Providing our customers with high performance, high reliability HD PVRs is central to our on-going HD leadership, and also for launching innovative new services like 3D and video-on-demand.”
Both receivers are capable of running the new Sky 3D channel and the Push VOD services scheduled for launch later this year.