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Chip brings AVS-enabled IP STB to Asia

Posted: 25 Mar 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:low-cost STB chip? IP STB platform? video over IP networks? pause TV?

NXP Semiconductors says its latest low-cost STB chip solution, STB222, has been selected by ChangHong to deliver AVS-compliant IP STB platform to manufacturers and Pay TV operators in Asia. ChangHong provides the AVS (Audio Video Coding Standard) decoder technology to enable high-quality video over IP networks to deliver a better viewing experience for consumers through the enjoyment of services such as video-on-demand, recording and pausing live TV, and enhanced interactive services.

A flexible, advanced platform targeting IP, DTV and hybrid STBs, the STB222 supports advanced video standards, including MPEG-4AVC, H.264, VC-1 and MPEG-2. The optional HDMI support also enables standard-definition (SD) content to be up-scaled to 1,080p. As OEMs and operators seek to cater to a variety of broadcast standards and global markets, the STB222's dual channel support allows you to easily create hybrid IP STB solutions, combining the IP channel with terrestrial, satellite or cable DVB reception.

"ChangHong's proven AVS technology fits perfectly with NXP's focus on delivering more digital content with superior picture quality and an anytime, anywhere entertainment experience to consumers," said Christos Lagomichos, executive VP and general manager, home business unit at NXP. "As STB adoption picks up pace in Asian markets, the flexibility of NXP's STB222 to support multiple advanced video codecs without the need for external DSPs makes for a cost-effective platform for manufacturers, enabling easy and quick deployment for a variety of STB environments."

"NXP's STB platforms with ChangHong's AVS technology have already proven highly reliable and flexible in field trials with major operators in China, and the STB222 delivers an edge in cost-efficiencyessential to drive the adoption of IPTV in Asia," said En'yang Zhang, director of technology center at ChangHong.

STB222 integrates the latest security and conditional access (CA) features to help secure PVR applications and operator specific CA schemes. As such, secure boot, unique ID and secure key handling are implemented on the STB222, along with decryption standards such as AES, DES, 3DES, DVB-CSA and Multi2.

STB222 also includes a wide range of connectivity options including Ethernet for IP based video services, PC connectivity or in-home networking, as well as USB2.0 and Serial ATA to support external or internal hard disk drives for PVR applications, as also other peripherals. Manufacturers can choose from Linux or WinCE for fast system development.

ChangHong's AVS-compliant IP STB platform based on NXP's STB222 solution was on demo at CCBN 2008 in Beijing, China last week.

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