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March 18, 2014

Entropic, Eagle Kingdom Develop Small, Low Power STB with Advanced Functionalities

By Shamila Janakiraman, TMCnet Contributor

Entropic’s (News - Alert) system-on-a-chip (SoC) solution has been selected by Eagle Kingdom Technologies to power its hybrid PowerPlug set-top box, the DCP5205. Entropic provides semiconductor solutions for the connected home.

Richard Smith, CEO of EKT, said, “We believe our new DCP5205 Hybrid PowerPlug STB is a game changing solution that will enable operators to deliver all the functionality and interactive TV experiences subscribers expect from their STB today, but in an exciting new form factor.

Small form factor STB solutions are in great demand among operators. To serve this need, Eagle Kingdom or EKT has designed the DCP5205 to feature all the STB functionalities, in a small plug socket device. The STB can be directly plugged into the main power socket eliminating the need for a separate power adapter.

The small device can fit behind a flat panel TV set and can deliver functionalities like Wi-Fi, RF4CE remote reception and also offer support for broadcast quality conditional access security (CAS), explained officials.

The DCP5205 serves as a hybrid STB solution and is based on Entropic’s ARM (News - Alert) Cortex-A9 CPU-based SoC with IP-STB features. It also incorporates multi-tuner cable reception features and provides DRM protection for the premium content and application services of providers.

The new STB can connect to the Web or cloud services providing broadcast and broadband capabilities with carrier-class CAS from behind the TV.

Roger Gregory, vice president, marketing at Entropic, pointed out that the collaboration with EKT was instrumental in designing the new DCP5205 hybrid PowerPlug STB platform which will serve operator demands for a small form factor, low power device.

Recently, Entropic and Microelectronics Technology (News - Alert) announced that a major direct broadcast satellite (DBS) operator in the Middle East deployed MTI’s 4x4, quad single cable router (SCR) product which is based on Entropic’s third-generation Channel Stacking Switch (CSS (News - Alert)) silicon, the EN5288.

The new Quad SCR was developed to address the growing multi-tuner, multi-viewing location home and gives the operator an opportunity to offer more services and entertainment to its subscribers by supporting four tuners from a single-cable feed.

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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