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ST reveals wireless A/V technology plans

Posted: 28 Dec 2005     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:STMicroelectronics  ST  audio/video streaming  wireless home 

STMicroelectronics (ST) announced details of a portfolio of key technologies that they are developing for A/V streaming in wireless home IP-based networks. With these technologies, said ST, it will be possible to share multimedia content seamlessly within different devices (STBs, PCs, DVD players/recorders, mobile terminals) connected through wireless links.

"The consumer electronics industry is converging on a scenario in which heterogenous devices in the home will connect seamlessly to each other. The realization of this scenario requires the development of a variety of distinct technologies that must all work together in the most effective manner to deliver low cost, low power consumption and high user satisfaction," said Alessandro Cremonesi, assistant vice president and deputy general manager, Systems Technology at ST. "Although many companies are working on the individual technologies required, ST's strong experience and track record in all of the key application areas such as MPEG, security and mobile communications makes us one of the few semiconductor companies that can master all of these single technologies in a synergistic way and propose a unifying framework where all the technologies cooperate towards offering the best multimedia experience to the user."

The key technologies being developed include video transcoding, advanced video encoders and robust decoders (H.264), Adaptive Playout, 802.11n WLAN, and Security/DRM.

The company will be demonstrating some of its most important developments in this area at the Consumer Electronics Show to be held in Las Vegas next month (January 2006), including a wireless home IP-based network in which media servers and renderers share audiovisual content through an IEEE 802.11g WLAN according to digital living network alliance guidelines, including UPnP.

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