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45nm STB SoCs tout advanced media decoding

Posted: 15 Sep 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:STB SoC  multi-channel broadcast receiver  ITPV  digital TV 

NXP Semiconductors has introduced a SoC family to enable a complete range of high-performance solutions for mainstream HD DVRs and STB platforms in global satellite, cable and IPTV networks. The highly integrated NXP PNX847x/8x/9x SoC products incorporate multi-channel broadcast receivers and deliver advanced broadcast decoding, media processing and graphics rendering technologies. This comprehensive feature set provides an optimised system that significantly reduces manufacturer BOM and power use while ensuring advanced picture quality for an improved home entertainment experience.

The new NXP STB SoC family includes a number of models designed for different operator network categories, including the PNX849x for satellite STBs, the PNX848x for cable and the PNX847x for telco and over-the-top on-line video-on-demand (VoD) solutions.

"The digital home is currently undergoing an exciting transformation, where advanced technologies previously limited to high-end devices are becoming increasingly available to mainstream users," said Christos Lagomichos, executive VP and general manager, home business unit, NXP. "The new NXP SoC family helps operators and manufacturers capitalise on some of the most exciting market trends, including personalised multi-screen services, while ensuring rich navigation and improved multimedia and Internet TV experiences. Also, 45nm technology advancements significantly boost power efficiency, facilitating early compliance with emerging industry regulation."

Using an innovative power management architecture specifically designed to maximise energy efficiency, the PNX847x/8x/9x SoC family facilitates STB compliance with the latest EnergyStar and EC Code of Conduct regulations. With a dedicated on-chip microcontroller resource to coordinate power management for the entire system, the NXP PNX847x/8x/9x family delivers the flexibility to enable opportunistic use-case based power optimisation as well as ultra low-power stand-by operation to implement <1W STB complete system level standby power modes.

The NXP PNX847x/8x/9x also features an advanced Imagination Technologies Powervr 3D GPU to render advanced programming navigation user interfaces, games and other 3D content. The Powervr GPU provides a mature and proven OpenGL 2.0 compliant 3D HW platform that is supported by an extensive eco-system of tools, software and 3D content developers.

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