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Broadcom Hardware Decoder BCM970015

Model#: TBS7015

Weight: 50 g(s)

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Hardware Decoder in the PCI Express Mini Card half-height form factor. Enables support for H.264/AVC, DivX, MPEG-2/4 and VC-1 video compression for image intensive applications requiring support for 1080p high definition multimedia content. BCM70015 Hardware Decoder Card can be put in Apple TV 1 to be used with Crystalbuntu.For how to use BCM70015 with Apple TV and Crystalbuntu, please check the following link:

Features: The BCM70015 Hardware Decoder (marked as BCM970015 in the old version) Crystal HD is a video/audio hardware decoder in the PCIe Mini Card half-height form factor. It is designed to reduce CPU utilization and allows for full HD real-time decoding support for mobile platform solutions. The BCM70015 single-chip Crystal HD advanced media processor is a low cost, low power (less than 1 W energy consumption), highly integrated solution for high definition (HD) video playback applications. It is targeted for multimedia applications such as HD playback and broadcast and other TV sources. It is excellent for use in small form factor systems that require high-end graphics support but can't compromise power consumption or platform footprint.


  • Form Factor: PCI Express Mini Card (half-height with extension adapter)
  • Chipset: AVC, DivX, MPEG-2/4, VC-1 Video/Audio Decoder: BCM70015
  • Supported Resolution: QCIF up to 1920 x 1088
  • HD Video Decoding Formats:
    • H.264/AVC HP @ L4.2 1080p60, 40 Mb/sec.
    • VC-1 Advanced Profile @ L3.0, 45 Mb/sec.
    • SMPTE VC-1 AP @ L3, 45 Mb/sec.
    • WMV9 (VC-1 SP @ ML and MP @ HL)
    • MPEG-4 Part-2 SP and ASP 1080p30
    • MPEG-2 MP @ HL, LL, and ML, 80 Mb/sec.
    • DivX 3.11, 4.1, 5.X, 6.X, XviD
  • Security:
    • AACS, AACS+
    • Support for various DRM implementations
    • Firmware verification
    • Secure (encrypted) external EEPROM memory storage for content and keys
    • DRAM protection
    • PCIe bus protection
  • Components: Single-chip Advanced Video Decoder

Please note:

  • For compatible software and the most up-to-date drivers and support (including Linux drivers) please see theBroadcom website.
  • This card does not come with mounting screws.