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ST releases second-gen of STB7100 AVC and VC-1 decoder

Posted: 04 Nov 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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STMicroelectronics' STB7109

STMicroelectronics (ST) has announced the STB7109, its second-generation high-definition AVC and VC-1 decoder. According to the company, this second-gen decoder builds on the success of the STB7100, which is touted by ST to be the world's first single-chip AVC and VC-1 decoder. The STB7109 includes all the features of the STB7100 with the addition of improved security, connectivity features and support for emerging DVD format and security standards.

The STB7109 embeds a high speed Ethernet interface, enabling it to be a central part of the home network in appliances such as cable, satellite, IP and terrestrial STBs, DVRs, DVD players and recorders, home gateways and media servers. For sophisticated consumer devices with a requirement to support two high definition displays, the STB7109 also includes a dedicated high speed interface to gluelessly connect two devices together. Additional connectivity options are provided by a serial ATA (SATA) interface and a USB 2.0 host port.

"As the complexity of today's SoC devices increases and the process geometries become smaller, SoC designers and manufacturers must cooperate ever more closely in order to succeed," said Christos Lagomichos, Group Vice President and GM of ST's Home Entertainment Group. "ST is uniquely positioned in this respect as the only supplier of advanced video decoders to have both design and fabrication capability in house."

To protect valuable content and services, the STB7109 includes the company's fourth-generation security technology, enabling flexible systems backed by hardware chains of trust. This enables the STB7109 to support Windows Media DRM 10 and the Secure Video Processor (SVP) standards both of which allow digital rights to be passed between consumer devices. In addition, secure connectivity is provided through a High bandwidth Digital Media Interface (HDMI) and High Definition Copy Protection (HDCP) interface, which are required to connect consumer appliances to today's high-definition displays.

The STB7109 also meets today's requirements for HD-DVD and Blu-Ray high definition DVD by supporting all the required video and audio standards and current and emerging copy protection technology, allowing manufacturers to build a single hardware design to address both markets, said ST.

Embedded within the STB7109 is an ST40 CPU, which provides 400 Dhrystone 2.1MIPS and is supported by industry standard OSes such as Microsoft Windows CE, Linux and OS21. ST also provides a suite of robust, integrated STAPI software drivers, while the set of development tools and evaluation boards complete the STB7109 development kit.

"By delivering software and development platforms simultaneously with first silicon samples our customers can bring products to market with minimum lead time," added Lagomichos.

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