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DTV middleware jump-starts digital STBs

Posted: 07 Sep 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:logiways? stb? mde? 95xyd? stb?


Micronas and LogiWays SA have prepared a new digital STB format by integrating their MDE 95xyD STB chip and Magello dtv middleware, respectively, offering a complete hardware solution that enables fast and easy market access.

A major player in global TV system solutions, Germany-based Micronas leverages its expertise in emerging markets through the digitization of audio and video content. Meanwhile, LogiWays is a French company specializing in the development and integration of middleware and automatic testing tools for the global DTV space.

Under the Magello brand name, LogiWays offers software modules for the control and customization of functionalities in DTV equipment, such as electronic program guides, channel lists, record programming applications and parental control applications installed in decoders and TVs.

Reinhard Steffens, director of system marketing for STB at Micronas, said, "What is exciting about the combination of LogiWay's Magello with the MDE 95xyD family is its versatility." The MDE 95xyD decoder family covers a wide range of STB and iDTV consumer devices; Magello enables the company's customers to have the same flexibility in the STB's software. Thus, their STB designs can be economically targeted to specific hardware and software requirements of a market segment, Steffens added.

The latest MDE 95xyD SoC platform integrates a MIPS-compatible 32bit processor with a configurable unified memory interface. A transport stream interface unit with parallel and serial inputs supports the processor, along with a demultiplexer, embedded DVB descrambler and MPEG-2 A/V decoder. Moreover, a dedicated graphic accelerator engine supports the CPU.

A variety of interfaces, including ATA for hard-disk connection, UART for modem support and an interface for CI modules, turn the MDE 95xyD series into a scalable all-in-one solution for free-to-air, pay-TV and personal video recorder (PVR) STBs. IDTV applications based on the MDE 95xyD family benefit from a version that supports an RGB digital interface and a progressive/double-scan OSD output.

For Christophe Van Der Werf, VP of sales and marketing at Logiways, making Magello available on the Micronas MDED platform "opens new and interesting applications to the company." Porting the Magello middleware on the MDE 95xyD results in a ready-for-deployment hardware and software solution for manufacturers targeting free-to-air and pay-TV markets. And since MDE95xyD and Magello are Nagravision "certification-ready," the product provides a time-to-market advantage for Nagravision conditional-access pay-TV applications.

As a fully integrated DVB-compliant system MPEG-2 decoder chip, the MDE 95xyD serves applications that range from zapping-only free-to-air (public) STBs to full-featured PVR boxes. With the MDE 95xyD family and the recently introduced 4G of COFDM demodulator ICs, the DRX 397xD, Micronas offers a system solution for expanding DVB-T markets.

Magello is a customizable DTV middleware that is already deployed in DVB markets in the United Kingdom, France and Germany. It supports several CA systems, opening an even wider range of possible pay-TV applications for the MDE 95xyD family, including secure push-VOD and storage off-the-shelf solutions.

Rey Buan Jr.
Electronic Engineering Times- Asia

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