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ST, Dahua partner in cable/IP dual-mode STB

Posted: 29 Aug 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:STMicroelectronics? Dahua? STi7100? IPTV? set-top-box?

STMicroelectronics (ST) and Dahua Technology Ltd, one of China's largest cable and IPTV dual-mode STB provider, announced that they have successfully designed and manufactured a highly integrated digital-cable and IP STB. ST said this makes them the first silicon supplier to provide single-chip dual-mode digital STB solutions for the China market.

The box, which begins deployment in Hangzhou province this month, will enable consumers to enjoy a three-in-one digital media experience, including digital-cable TV, video-on-demand and web browsing.

At the heart of Dahua's design is a dedicated chip belonging to ST's STi7100 family of Advanced Video Codecs (AVC). This SoC solution integrates support for advanced high-definition H.264/MPEG4 AVC and MPEG4 P2 standard definition (SD) in addition to MPEG2 encoded video signals.

The STi7100 combines all STB functions and multi-standard decoding circuitry onto a single piece of silicon, minimizing both design and production costs for STB makers. Produced using ST's 90nm process technology, the STi7100 family devices provides a more cost-optimized HD/SD Cable/IP dual-mode interactive box in a single-chip design, paving the way for support of H.264 HD/SD streams with advanced codecs, said the press release.

"The cooperation with Dahua is the first volume deployment in China of our latest H.264 single chip, which is capable of both MPEG4 and MPEG2 decoding, and it will further enhance Dahua's competitive advantage in the rapidly growing new Cable and IPTV market where Dahua is a leader right now," said Robert Krysiak, ST's corporate VP and general manager for Greater China.

Dahua's chairman and general manager Zhu Giang Ming said in a statement, "ST's cost-optimized single-chip solution, which includes a reference design with software kit coupled to their dedicated engineering support, have given us a unique solution and faster time-to-market."

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