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ST working on wireless audio/video technologies

Posted: 27 Dec 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:STMicroelectronics? ST? audio/video streaming? wireless home?

STMicroelectronics (ST) announced details of a portfolio of key technologies that the company is developing for audio/video streaming in wireless home IP-based networks. With these technologies, said ST, it will be possible to share multimedia content seamlessly within different devices (STBs, PCs, DVD players/recorders, mobile terminals) connected through wireless links.

"The consumer electronics industry is converging on a scenario in which heterogenous devices in the home will connect seamlessly to each other. The realization of this scenario requires the development of a variety of distinct technologies that must all work together in the most effective manner to deliver low cost, low power consumption and high user satisfaction," said Alessandro Cremonesi, AST VP and deputy general manager, Systems Technology at ST. "Although many companies are working on the individual technologies required, ST's strong experience and track record in all of the key application areas such as MPEG, security and mobile communications makes us one of the few semiconductor companies that can master all of these single technologies in a synergistic way and propose a unifying framework where all the technologies cooperate towards offering the best multimedia experience to the user."

The key technologies that are being developed include video transcoding, advanced video encoders and robust decoders (H.264), Adaptive Playout, 802.11n WLAN, and Security/DRM.

The company will be demonstrating some of its most important developments in this area at the Consumer Electronics Show to be held in Las Vegas next month (January 2006), including a wireless home IP-based network in which media servers and renderers share audiovisual content through an IEEE 802.11g WLAN according to Digital Living Network Alliance guidelines, including Universal Plug and Play.

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