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March 22, 2011

Fujitsu Partners With Verimatrix to Deliver Integrated Solution for Digital TV Operators

By Carolyn J Dawson, TMCnet Contributor

As the specialist in securing and enhancing revenue for multi-screen digital TV services worldwide, Verimatrix has partnered with Fujitsu to integrate Fujitsu's (News - Alert) MB86H611 high definition, multi-standard decoder system-on-chip (SoC) with its ViewRight STB for DVB client security. Delivering more advanced digital TV services, Fujitsu's SoC deploys a hardened security solution integrated into low cost set-top boxes (STBs), thus benefitting digital TV operators.

With requirement for conditional access and advanced security, the MB86H611 taps the cable, satellite and terrestrial market showing support for H.264, MPEG 2 and VC-1 standards. Having compatibility with China’s AVS (News - Alert) video formats with 1080p resolution, the MB86H611 includes a built-in two-way USB2.0 controller and Ethernet that provides low cost STBs with advanced security solution.

In a release, Johannes Richter, general manager of home entertainment at Fujitsu Semiconductor Pacific Asia Ltd said, “Since entering the digital TV industry almost two decades ago, Fujitsu has been committed to providing reliable, complete and secure digital TV solutions to our customers. Partnering with Verimatrix (News - Alert) was a logical extension of this commitment because of the company's innovative and reliable approach to content security. We are confident that digital TV operators around the globe will benefit from our integrated solution, especially as they extend their services into new and emerging markets.”

Comprising of a robust package of portable embedded code, Verimatrix ViewRight STB for DVB leverages the Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS) for enabling DVB security functions within each STB in a digital TV system. Some of the advanced security features of Fujitsu's modern SoC architecture include secure boot, control word obfuscation, secure code execution, protected memory and encrypted data path. Utilizing such advanced function, the secure SoC client secures the video pipeline however the STB middleware is presented with as standardized set of uniform revenue security interfaces.

By leveraging VCAS advanced capability, Digital operators can mix and match hundred of STB client device types within the same network. Based on the smart card STBs, the cost-effective card less DVB broadcast clients can also be managed and operated along with hybrid devices with higher ARPU accounts and IP connectivity.

In other news, Verimatrix announced that it has ported its hardened Verimatrix ViewRight STB for DVB client security onto the MStar 785X system-on-chip (SoC) series. MStar now offers the 785X with advanced cardless security support that enables digital TV operators to deploy cost-effective, high-performance set-top boxes (STBs).

Carolyn John is a Contributor to TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell