Geneva, Switzerland, Sept. 10, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and a leading manufacturer of set-top-box ICs, has introduced four new low-power SoCs (System-on-Chips) that pave the way for the large-scale deployment of new UHDp60-enabled "4K" set-top boxes. These second-generation 4K set-top-boxes will come in small and cool form factors and allow users to enjoy a richer, more immersive Ultra-HD experience delivering fast, crystal-clear sports action and increased color fidelity together with the increased media-content resolution. The new SoCs will be demonstrated at IBC 2014 (Hall 1/F40).
With these four new SoCs, identified as STiH314/318 and STiH414/418, ST is leveraging the market success of its widely-deployed STiH312/Cannes and STiH412/Monaco architectures. The STiH314/318 and STiH414/418 additions now extend the market reach from the most cost-sensitive to the highest-performance use cases. In addition, the availability of mature software allows faster time-to-market and complete re-use of already deployed middleware while low-power operation enables re-use of existing HD form factors.
"With these new devices, ST is broadening its family of complete integrated solutions for set-top-boxes," said Gian Luca Bertino, Executive Vice President, General Manager, Digital Convergence Group, STMicroelectronics. "As the share of UHD TV shipments are expected to grow from about 6% of TVs sold today to over 30% in the next 5 years, ST is in the pole position to enable its customers to be the winners with the industry's most cost-effective and power-efficient solutions for next-generation TV services."
Manufactured in 28nm process technology, ST's new Cannes/Monaco-compatible set-top box SoC devices will be available with complete software support to major OEMs in Q4 2014.
Technical Note to Editors :
To deliver next-generation TV (broadcast and Internet) services, UHDp60 is emerging as the leading candidate. The "4K" refers to the movie industry's recent standard resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels. "UHDp60" is the broadcast and TV industry adaptation, which resizes the screen to 3840 x 2160 pixels to maintain the familiar 16/9 aspect ratio. In addition, UHDp60 increases the frame rate to 60 frames-per-second to enhance realism in fast-changing broadcasts such as sports matches.
Additional technical data:
With high power efficiency and full backward software and pin-to-pin hardware compatibility with the existing Cannes/Monaco devices, the STiH314/318 and STiH414/418 facilitate seamless introduction of UHDp60-10b solutions, including an HEVC1-10-bit decoder for true Ultra-HD experience, HDMI 2.02(6Gbps) for best quality, HDCP 2.2, and watermarking compliance with 4K content-protection requirements.
All four devices incorporate quad-core SMP3 ARM® application processors that deliver 8000 (STiH314/414) or 12000 (STiH318/418) DMIPS, as well as a quad-core Graphics Processing Unit for excellent 3D graphics performance. The STiH414 and STiH418 also integrate ST's Faroudja® Transcode Engine, providing best-in-class transcoding capabilities for multi-screen streaming across consumer and handheld devices. This allows operators to optimize network bandwidth while offering an excellent quality of service throughout the home. The STiH318/418 adds built-in support for VP9, the latest video-compression technology from Google.
Other key benefits include advanced security supporting concurrent conditional access, DRM (Digital Rights Management) and watermarks to protect premium broadcast content; a wide range of connectivity options including USB 3.0, PCI-e, SATA and Gigabit Ethernet; and dedicated interfaces to companion front-end solutions DOCSIS 3.0, DVB-C/DVB-S2/DVB-T2, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi devices.
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1 High-Efficiency Video Coding 2 High-Definition Multimedia Interface 3 Symmetric Multi-Processing, which refers to two or more processor cores sharing a common main memory.
UltraHD 4Kp60 SoCs from STMicro http://hugin.info/152740/R/1854987/648827.pdf