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Decoder enables HD video in STBs

Posted: 24 Mar 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:video decoder? STB? H.264? HDMI?

STi7105 decoder

STMicroelectronics has released the STi7106 high-definition (HD) video decoder that packs enhancements for higher performance, lower power and lower BOM costs in STBs.

As the latest evolution of ST's STi7105 single-chip decoder, supporting all required audio and video standards such as H.264, VC-1, MPEG2 and WM9, the new STi7106 adds AVS high-definition decoding and maintains the same architecture as the STi7105 enabling continuity and easy migration.

The STi7106 delivers cost and performance advantages for all STB markets, including basic zapper boxes and digital video recorders. By supporting the latest HD standards, as well as HD formats such as AVS, which is important for the STB market in China, the STi7106 delivers a low-cost and high-performance solution for products deployed in all geographic regions.

In addition, enhanced power management further extends the STi7106's low-power credentials, helping end products to meet power-saving initiatives such as the International Energy Authority's 1W Plan, which aims to save up to 1 percent of global CO2 emissions by targeting sub-1W standby power for all electronic products.

"ST's STB solutions are the most widely deployed throughout the world, which has been achieved by targeting innovation that adds value to the digital TV experience, while fulfilling the requirements of all players in the value chain," said Philippe Lambinet executive VP and general manager of ST's home entertainment and displays group. "Through its exceptional level of integration, the STi7106 offers the high performance and extended functionality required to offer the richest viewing experience while respecting regulatory low power requirements."

The STi7106 also features increased performance with more than 1000 DMIPS on host CPU. A high high-performance graphics processor offers triple-source 2D blitter engine, tile ram bandwidth saver, compositor and 1080p output. The decoder delivers enhanced connectivity with dual e-SATA for DVR applications; dual USB 2.0 ports; 1000Mbit/s GMII Ethernet; and 8bit SD-MMC/SDIO interface for memory cards. The device packs DES, TDES, AES, and DVB descramblers, as well as support for digital rights management via Windows DRM 10 and secure video processor standards as well as support for HDMI and High Definition Copy Protection.

The STi7106's high performance and highly flexible decoder also implements ST's advanced digital noise reduction algorithms to optimize picture quality in various applications and environments. In addition, enhanced security architecture enables authenticated boot from serial flash and NAND flash, allowing designers to use cost-competitive memories.

The STi7106 is available now in sample quantities in a 27mm x 27mm PBGA package. Comprehensive development support for rapid time-to-market includes source code for STAPI software drivers, as well as the STi7106 evaluation platform and reference design with integrated drivers and support for satellite, terrestrial, cable and DSL demodulators.

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