STMicroelectronics Technologies and Complete US-Cable Portfolio Enable the Digital Multimedia HomeComplete offering spans from network access to video processing and in-home connectivity
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, announces today the industry’s most complete hardware and software platform for the digital multimedia home. The complete product offering includes all the ingredients required 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.
ST’s DOCSIS® 3.0-certified1cable-modem chips (the STiD12 product family, codenamed ‘Alicante’) provide fast network connectivity for multimedia home entertainment and interactive broadband services. The extremely high data rates up to 800Mbit/s enable set-top boxes and home gateways 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 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.Note to Editors:
More than 50 million set-top boxes and about 17 million DOCSIS 3.0-enabled CPE (Customer Premises Equipment) units are forecast to be shipped annually in North America alone in the next couple of years6.
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2 High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) doubles the data compression ratio used with the previous H.264/MPEG-4 AVC standard at the same level of video quality
3The Reference Design Kit (RDK) is a pre-integrated software bundle developed and licensed to create a common framework for powering IP or hybrid set-top boxes (STBs) and gateway devices for CE manufacturers, SoC vendors, and other software developers, system integrators and TV service providers. The RDK was developed to accelerate the deployment of next-generation video services and prevent software fragmentation by providing speed-to-market, collaboration and standardization. Supported by more than 100 licensees, RDK Management, LLC was formed as a joint venture between Comcast Cable and Time Warner Cable to administer the RDK. More information is available at http://www.rdkcentral.com.
4The PowerUp HTML5 Platform and DVB stack is a modular solution set based on an open industry standard that provides a common foundation for legacy and next-generation managed and un-managed devices for both QAM and IP service delivery.
5Multimedia over Coax Alliance
6Sources: IHS Market Reports, ST internal estimates