STMicroelectronics has announced a complete hardware and software platform for the digital multimedia home, which ST claims as industry's most complete. The platform supports requirements for the US cable market from high-speed broadband access to Ultra HD multi-screen video processing and seamless home connectivity over wired and wireless networks.
“To meet the high-bandwidth demands of US consumers, Cable operators have introduced high-speed networks capable of delivering high-end interactive content to displays from TVs to smartphones and tablets,” said Gian Luca Bertino, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Digital Convergence Group, STMicroelectronics. “To ensure that this content is properly processed, managed and distributed, home-gateway and client-box SoCs must integrate a wide range of wired and wireless interfaces, low-power modes, and premium content protection. ST’s broad, market-unique offering for the digital multimedia home puts all the pieces into place to enable operators to deliver the best user experience and most advanced services at optimized cost.”
ST says its DOCSIS 3.0-certified1cable-modem chips (the STiD12 product family, codenamed ‘Alicante’) provide fast network connectivity for multimedia home entertainment and interactive broadband services. With a high data rates up to 800Mbit/s these set-top boxes and home gateways are designed to deliver video and Internet data services over a single network and support simultaneous use of multiple connected devices. The DOCSIS 3.0 chips and associated software stack facilitate access to on-demand and streaming content and support the next-generation Internet Protocol (IPv6) that enables more devices to be connected to the Internet.
ST’s latest multimedia application-processor System-on-Chips (the STiH3 client-box and STiH4 server-box product families, codenamed ‘Cannes’ and ‘Monaco’, respectively) support decode and display resolution up to the leading-edge Ultra HD (2160p) and the next-generation H.265 / HEVC2 video compression. This combination sets to extend the viewing experience for end users with more realistic and in-the-action immersion.
The STiH3 and STiH4 architecture is based on the high-performance Dual ARM Cortex CPU and provides native support for the RDK3 software adopted by major US cable operators. It also supports other 3rd party software used in the US Cable market such as the PowerUp HTML5 Platform with the PowerUp DVB stack4 from Zodiac Interactive (www.zodiac.tv).
The ST platform enables whole-home distribution of high-definition video and content over wired and wireless networks at Gbit/s speeds. Supporting MoCA52 specification, ST chips (STiC2BB/STiC2PA) combine super-fast error-less data transmission over the existing coaxial cabling with low-power modes of sleep and standby on a home-multimedia network. ST’s set-top box platform supports the latest WiFi standard (802.11ac) enabling swift and reliable wireless streaming of bandwidth-intensive video content, including Over-the-Top, PayTV (up to Ultra HD resolution) and gaming, to multiple clients throughout the home, all at the same time and over the same frequency spectrum.