Television Hardware

STM Develops STB Platform for Brazilian Switch to Digital TV

05 August 2014

During the ABTA Expo & Conference, STMicroelectronics rolled out a digital set-top box (STB) platform in order to speed up Brazil’s switch to digital television.

The platform was developed in conjunction with Brazilian software company EiTV and digital communication chipmaker MaxLinear. STM’s STB offering features the company’s STiH206 STB system-on-chip (SoC) powered by EiTV’s Brazilian GINGA middleware – an open standard mandated by the Brazilian government – and MaxLinear is providing the tuner/demodulator IC, which supports Brazil’s ISDB-T digital-terrestrial broadcast standard.

STM claims to already have a customer in Brazil signed up to implement a STB based on its design platform.

Herve Mathieu, Box and Gateways Business Line Director, Unified Platform Division, STMicroelectronics, said in a statement, the new turnkey platform “features hardware and software tailored for the specific needs of Brazil” and that it “delivers acost-optimized, fully compliant solution capable of bringing richer and more advanced TV services to viewers throughout the country.”

STM said its STiH206 SoC is already deployed in pay-TV STBs throughout Brazil as well as in other government-led digitization programs in nearby territories such as Venezuela. The SoC comes in a BGA 23 by 23mm package and integrates ST’s ST40 application processor with DDR memory and L2 cache. The chip includes STM’s latest video decoder and video post-processor (supporting MPEG2, H264, VC-1 and AVS high definition standards) as well as support for USB 2.0, SD-MMC/SDIO and Ethernet.

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