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May 15, 2012

Entropic Unveils New Solution for Cable, IP-Client Markets

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributor

Entropic Communications is offering cable and IP markets a dual-core ARM (News - Alert) Cortex-A9 processors with integrated NEON technology.

To the end, the company has introduced its latest generation of high-performance set-top box (STB), system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions.

Entropic Communications is a global provider of silicon and software solutions to enable connected home entertainment. Building on the success of its predecessor, the TSC100 family, the company’s "TSC17x/18x" STB SoC family delivers on performance, advanced security and ecosystem support required by global multiple service operators (MSO) and original equipment/device manufacturers (OEM/ODM).

"Our latest set-top box SoC portfolio enables MSOs to quickly and cost-effectively deploy high-performance multimedia-rich products by leveraging our cable and IP-client solutions that address evolving global digital TV standards," said Mark Samuel, senior vice president, Set-top Box Group, Entropic (News - Alert) Communications.

Entropic's "TSC17x/18x" family includes a range of features including a high-performance application execution platform, ideal for open application frameworks and advanced user interface technologies.

The extensive mobile device ecosystem leverages the latest industry-wide investments in platform software and user experience technologies to offer support centered around the ARM architecture.

Entropic's "TSC17x/18x" family also enables hardened implementations of digital rights management (DRM) and conditional access (CA (News - Alert)) technologies, and ensures STB compatibility for HD resolutions with commonly used online video on demand (VOD) and over-the-top (OTT) services, including native support for VP8 codec.

The new release also provides native support for the latest stereoscopic MVC (multi-view video coding), SVC (scalable video codec) and RealD 3DTVdecoding and picture formatting – and achieves 1GHz operation in low-power fabrication process mode for low power consumption.

Entropic Communications was in the news last month for completing the acquisition of Trident Microsystems' set-top box (STB) system-on-a-chip (SoC) business.

Edited by Braden Becker

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