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Broadband platform enhances 3D graphics

Posted: 07 Sep 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:set top box  tv soc  broadband  home entertainment 

STMicroelectronics unveils details of its interactive broadband home-entertainment platform that enables operators to deliver a new range of services that could include social networking capabilities.

The high-performance combined digital set-top box and digital TV SoC supports delivery of value added services and a comprehensive broadband, offering interactive, robust, and secure architecture. The home-entertainment platform claims to revolutionise connected homes by providing users with high performance at low power, capable of a more personalised and socially interactive viewing experience with 3D graphics and easy-to-use smart navigation. The flexible and comprehensive architecture suits easy customisation and user interaction of key applications via 3D graphics and a fast processor for complete networking services, free or pay applications, multiplayer games, web entertainment, audio/video streaming, and social video conferencing where two or more parties can interact while watching a favourite sports programme.

Based on the embedded low-power, multi-core ARM Cortex A9 processor, this platform offers an energy-efficient broadband home-entertainment system, enabling multiple application executing without compromising full HD video quality. In addition, the solution is extendable to support application open-standard framework development built with HTML5, Google Android, or Adobe Air.

As the concept and demand of TV and rich web entertainment changes, consumers are demanding operators to include a wider range of broadcast and/or broadband services into their TV experience. The broadband in-home entertainment platform meets this need by enabling users to access web content and applications on their TV's, mobile phones, tablets and PC's thanks to the multiple screen convergence.

The broadband home-entertainment platform yields up to 8500DMIPS (Dhyrstone Million Instructions Per Second).

Higher quality bit streaming is made possible via the HD 1080p30/720p60 Video Encoder with video preprocessing. It leverages on the years of excellence with Faroudja quality to provide digital noise reduction, automatic film mode detection, high quality rescale and picture enhancement in terms of contrast, sharpness and colour.

ST raises the user experience with the architecture's theatre-quality graphics which yield enhanced resolution and make user interaction natural by offering fully projected video support and enable full 3D graphics and 3DTV EPG.

In addition, the platform provides multi-screen convergence for live TV over Home Network, Server-Clients, multimedia sharing, place shifting and Remote UI.

ST's broadband platform is sampling now to key customers and will be available in production in 2012. A demonstration of the technology embedded into this ultimate home-entertainment platform is available by invitation only at IFA, Berlin on September 2, 2011 and at IBC, Amsterdam on September 8, 2011.





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