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Secure media processor supports 3D graphics

Posted: 14 Jun 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:media processor? 3D graphics? IPTV?

SMP8656 media processor

From Sigma Designs comes the SMP8656 media processor that provides a range of new features including 3D graphics with OpenGL ES 2.0 and enhanced security targeted at higher performance IPTV STBs and digital media players

To meet OEM demand for sophisticated user interfaces, Android support and downloadable applications, Sigma's 3D graphics chip uses the OpenGL ES 2.0 APIs to render high performance 3D imaging. This 3D graphics platform, based on licensed technology from Imagination, features a tile-based architecture with a universal shader engine supporting multithreaded operations with both pixel and vertex shading. It is capable of rendering 16 million polygons/second, pixel fill rates of 500 million pixels/second, and texture element fill rates of over 100M texels/second.

As integration continues to deliver more capabilities in one product, STBs have become more sophisticated and often feature multiple forms of conditional access for various modes of reception. The SMP8656 now provides an enhanced security core that features on-chip OTP technology and the latest revisions of conditional access technologies offered by providers like Nagravision and NDS.

The media player market is primed to add new 3D user interface, cover flow concepts and visual effects for enhanced user experience. More and more devices are relying on frameworks like Adobe Flash and Qt whose performance is significantly enhanced by the SMP8656 due to the presence of real hardware accelerated 3D graphics. Even Android platforms benefit from OpenGL ES2.0 capability. Being pin compatible with the SMP8654, gives current Media Player customers a fast time to market in order to add new features like 3D graphics, enhanced DRM capabilities and GbE. The SDK builds on prior architecture to allow for portability of prior development.

"With the increasing demand for IPTV services and media players around the world, STB and CE manufacturers continue to turn to Sigma's industry leading price and performance offerings," said Ken Lowe, VP of strategic marketing.

Samples of the SMP8656 are available immediately and production volumes will be available within 60 days.

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