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Date: 15-01-14

STMicroelectronics launches 64-bit arch for SoC design

With the availability of latest ARMv8-A 64 bit architecture from ARM, STMicroelectronics has designed its 64 bit architecture called STi8K architecture for designing SoCs.

ST leveraging STi8KSoCs enhance the performance of its Cannes/STiH3 (FHD /UHD HEVC Client-Box), Monaco/STiH4 (FHD/UHD HEVC Server/Gateways), and Alicante/STiD12 (DOCSIS) product families.

“The consumer industry has initiated the transition from 32- to 64-bit computing in the mobile market,” said Gian Luca Bertino, Executive Vice President and General Manager Digital Convergence Group, STMicroelectronics. “New upcoming, highly demanding technologies, such as DOCSIS3.1 or full-featured 10-bit High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) in Ultra High Definition at 60 frames per second, will drive this same transition in the Digital Home market. We have already built a solid, fast time-to-market and future-proof foundation with our Cannes, Monaco, and Alicante families; our new STi8K architecture is the next evolutionary step for our winning product families and brings 64-bit computing to the digital home.”

ST strength in this area compared to others is it has the 28nm Fully Depleted Silicon-On-Insulator (FD-SOI) which is said to be different and better process than other 28nm processes offered by foundries.

Tom Cronk, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, at ARM commented “We share ST’s vision for the future of the digital home market. Full-color Ultra HD applications together with ultra-high bandwidth home-network-access systems made possible with DOCSIS 3.1 technologies will transform the home-entertainment experience. Our long-term collaboration with ST, including its recent integration of our latest 64-bit processors, together with our mutual investment in software-ecosystem development, for example through Linaro, are key building blocks that will help make more advanced and immersive media experiences a reality."

ST says its STi8K architecture features industry-unique Faroudja transcoding, managing, for example, 8 HD streams and advanced hardware-assisted networking capabilities, to enable extremely advanced scenarios for distributing multimedia content, as required by tomorrow’s satellite, cable and hybrid home servers and gateways.

STi8K support Ultra High Definition up to 60 frames per second, HDMI 2.0 video interface, HDCP2.2 (High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection) security and DisplayPortv1.2.

“Our recently launched Cannes, Monaco, and Alicante product families are enjoying strong momentum and have positioned ST as a leader in Ultra HD and HEVC technologies,” added Bertino. “By adopting these families our customers are securing time-to-market advantages in their introduction of tomorrow’s digital home.”

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