Entropic, TVSTORM Develop Android-Based IP Set-Top Box With Miracast Functionality

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LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- (International Consumer Electronics Show) Entropic (Nasdaq:ENTR), a world leader in semiconductor solutions for the connected home, and TVSTORM, Inc., a leading company for developing and providing Middleware solutions and embedded software products for digital broadcast, today announced the availability of an Android-based IP set-top box (IP-STB) with advanced features including Miracast functionality. The new device will be demonstrated at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Entropic's Meeting Suite at The Wynn Las Vegas from January 7-10, 2014.

The new IP-STB solution leads the global trend for open standards-based solutions that offer low cost, high performance and highly-optimized operating systems for embedded STB solutions. Through the collaboration, TVSTORM developed and ported its Android Jellybean 4.2 software development kit (SDK) onto Entropic's advanced IP/hybrid set-top box system-on-a-chip (SoC), the EN757x/8x; giving rise to a powerful, cost-optimized Android-based STB that enables service providers to generate revenue by offering a new array of IP-based services and applications.

Demonstrating the power and flexibility of the Android SDK, the new IP-STB supports Miracast as one of its key features. Miracast is a peer-to-peer wireless screencasting standard that enables wireless or wired delivery of High Definition (HD) video to or from computers, tablets, mobile phones, and now STBs. Miracast allows a device to securely send or receive 1080p HD video enabling consumers to watch live programs from a STB on a tablet or 'echo' display HD content from their mobile device onto a TV – all in real-time.

"The new IP-STB reflects both TVSTORM's and Entropic's continued Android community support, which has emerged as a preferred solution for embedded systems with a very fast growing global market footprint." said Dr. Ho-Yeon Jang, CEO of TVSTORM. "Our new IP-STB is an example of how in working with Entropic, we have evolved set-top box technology to enable operators the ability to generate greater revenue and provide consumers true freedom to watch high-definition content on any device."

"There is a global movement where OEMs and service providers are interested in adopting Android-based set-top box solutions that offer high performance at a lower cost," said Roger Gregory, vice president, Marketing, Entropic. "In working with TVSTORM we were able to meet these requirements quickly by leveraging the Android SDK platform to implement high functionality features, like Miracast. While this is just one robust feature, the collaboration we conducted with TVSTORM will greatly help operators worldwide to increase the velocity of service deployment and overall average revenue per user."

About Entropic's EN757x/8x STB SoC:

The EN757x/8x STB SoC family offers cable and IP markets a high-performance platform solution that incorporates the advanced security and ecosystem support required by leading global multiple service operators (MSOs) and original equipment/device manufacturers (OEMs/ODMs). Key features include:

  • High Performance Application Execution Platform: High computational power provided by a 1GHz dual-core 5000DMIPS ARM Cortex-A9 processor with NEON SIMD extensions is ideal for open application frameworks and advanced user interface technologies;
  • Ecosystem Advantage: Extensive mobile device ecosystem support centered around the ARM architecture leveraging the latest industry-wide investments in platform software and user experience technologies;
  • Extensive Security Support: Enables hardened implementations of digital rights management (DRM) and conditional access system (CAS) technologies for protecting operator video services;
  • Advanced Graphics Capabilities: Leverages advanced 3D graphics core with full OpenGLES 2.0 compliance, proven performance, mature APIs and an extensive developer ecosystem;
  • Broad Format HD Content Decoding: 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;
  • Powerful Video Decoder and Display Processing: Provides native support for the latest stereoscopic MVC (multi-view video coding), SVC (scalable video codec) and RealD 3DTVdecoding and picture formatting; and
  • Enhanced Power Management: Delivers a smaller footprint and achieves 1GHz operation in low-power fabrication process mode with advanced power management features for low power consumption, not available from competing solutions


The new TVSTORM IP-STB is available today and will be demonstrated in Entropic's CES Meeting Suite at The Wynn Las Vegas, from January 7-10, 2014. For more information on Entropic's STB SoC solutions visit: www.entropic.com.


TVSTORM, Inc. is a leading company for developing and providing Middleware solutions and embedded software products for digital broadcast. Based in Seoul, Korea, one of the world's heartlands of broadband and IPTV and other digitization activities, TVSTORM is leading development of the core of STB software such as middleware and has been supporting broadcast digitization developments of the nation since it was founded in 2006.

TVSTORM has proudly developed and deployed a full-fledged HTML browser for TV environment, an ATSC-ACAP-compliant client software to all 3 major Telco IPTV providers in Korea and has been one of the key integration partners for the providers' service deployment from the beginning.

TVSTORM has been expanding its horizon to include development/supply of Android-based Open Smart STB Platform, Eco-System and authoring/editing tools for Global market. All of TVSTORM's solutions have been developed to conform to the industry's global standards.

TVSTORM has the products of ATSC-ACAP, DVB-MHP, Open cable-OCAP, IPTV Middleware, HTML Browser, HTML+JAVA, HTML5, Android Platform, digital TV embedded software supports Terrestrial, Cable, Satellite, IPTV, Hybrid networks around the world, and Screen Share(DLNA), USB Sensing Camera, Zapper Box Middleware and World 1st case of GoogleTV 4.0 solution etc.

About Entropic

Entropic™ (Nasdaq:ENTR) is a world leader in semiconductor solutions for the connected home. The Company transforms how traditional HDTV broadcast and IP-based streaming video content is seamlessly, reliably, and securely delivered, processed, and distributed into and throughout the home. Entropic's next-generation Set-top Box (STB) System-on-a-Chip (SoC) and Connectivity solutions enable Pay-TV operators to offer consumers more captivating whole-home entertainment experiences by transforming the way digital entertainment is delivered, connected and consumed – in the home and on the go. For more information, please visit Entropic at: www.entropic.com, read our blog Entropic Topics, or get social with us at @Entropic_News, or on Facebook, Google+, YouTube and LinkedIn.

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Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release that are not strictly historical in nature constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding Entropic's STB SoC technology, its related prospects and its role in the future of connected home entertainment. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause Entropic's actual results to be materially different from historical results or from any results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, competition, risks associated with Entropic's dependence on a limited number of customers and suppliers, technology risks, the risk that the market for HD video and multimedia content delivery solutions may not develop as Entropic anticipates and other factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of Entropic's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended September 30, 2013. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Entropic is providing this information as of the date of this release and does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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