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January 03, 2014

STMicroelectronics Intros Hardware and Software Platform for Digital Multimedia Home

By Shamila Janakiraman, TMCnet Contributor

STMicroelectronics (News - Alert) launched a complete hardware and software platform that will serve the needs of the digital multimedia home.

The product offering includes all components needed for high-speed broadband access to ultra HD multi-screen video processing and seamless home connectivity over wired and wireless networks.

Gian Luca Bertino, executive vice president and general manager, digital convergence group, STMicroelectronics said, “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.”

For content to be properly processed, managed and distributed it is necessary for home-gateway and client-box SoCs to integrate various wired and wireless interfaces, low-power modes, and premium content protection. The new product enables operators to optimize user experience in a multimedia home with cost effective delivery of advanced services.

The ST platform optimizes whole-home distribution of high-definition video and content over wired and wireless networks at Gbit/s speeds. The ST chips will deliver super-fast error-less data transmission on coaxial cables with low-power modes of sleep and standby on a home-multimedia network.

Also the ST set-top box platform supports Wi-Fi standard 802.11ac, which will be able to ensure reliable wireless streaming of bandwidth-intensive video content, including Over-the-Top, PayTV (News - Alert) (up to Ultra HD resolution) and gaming. The services can be enjoyed by multiple clients in the home simultaneously and across the same frequency spectrum.

ST’s DOCSIS 3.0-certified cable-modem chips ensure fast network connectivity for multimedia home entertainment and interactive broadband services. Data rates of up to 800Mbit/s enable set-top boxes and home gateways to deliver video and Internet data services via a single network besides offering support for multiple connected devices.

Recently semiconductor intelligent property (IP) provider ARM (News - Alert) announced that STMicroelectronics has joined the ARM mbed Project, to create a step change in the productivity for embedded device development.

The project especially focuses on Internet of Things (IoT) and delivers free tools and fundamental open-source hardware and software building blocks for the development of innovative ARM-based devices. 

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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