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Philips' new solution makes satellite STBs affordable

Posted: 02 May 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:royal philips electronics? nexperia? stb? pnx8327?

Royal Philips Electronics announced last week its Nexperia one chip STB Engine for satellite STBs. "We [Philips] developed the PNX8327 to provide our customers an easy-to-use solution for building satellite STBs with a low cost of ownership," said Menno Kleingeld, marketing director for Philips Semiconductors' STB Group. "Ultimately, this will drive availability of affordable satellite STBs and enable the transition to digital TV by allowing manufacturers faster time-to-market and by making it easy for TV system makers to enter the market with no previous expertise in STBs."

The single chip combines MPEG2 video decoding, satellite channel decoding, a silicon tuner and passive components for satellite STBs that deliver digital satellite services to the Connected Consumer.

According to the press release, the PNX8327 will help manufacturers compete effectively in the satellite STB market by shortening their time-to-market and lowering their development, manufacturing and logistics costs. The PNX8327 is also available in an STB system solution which comes with third-party software, including UI customization tools to give manufacturers the flexibility to differentiate their STBs from the competition.

Based on Philips' system-in-package (sbSiP) technology, the PNX8327 integrates all of the company's STB technologies, including the PNX8316 MPEG2 source decoder, the TDA10086 channel decoder, the TDA8262 silicon tuner and more than a hundred passive components. The integration of RF components further simplifies development for manufacturers and also opens up the market for manufacturers without RF expertise in-house, added Philips.

Samples of Philips' PNX8327 and the complete system solution (the STB210) will be available at the end of Q2.




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