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Hathway picks ST's SoCs for new set-top boxes

Posted: 12 Sep 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Hathway  STMicroelectronics  SoCs  set-top boxes  Palma 

India's leading cable operator Hathway has selected STMicroelectronics' integrated systems-on-chips (SoCs) to power two of its high-definition (HD) set-top boxes. ST's STiH273 (Palma) drives Hathway's latest HD entry-level set-top box and the STi7141 forms the heart of the new-generation interactive, multi-tuner HD DVR set-top box, the company said.

Manufactured in 40nm process technology, the STiH273 HD cable chipset supports an enhanced processing engine with integrated on-chip features that "simplify set-top box design, enable operators to take advantage of lower-cost memories, and meet the latest low-power objectives. The STiH273 integrates a widely deployed DVB-C demodulator and it has been optimised to work with high-performance external CAN and silicon tuners to meet the stringent RF-performance requirements of the Indian cable networks," ST said. The STiH273 also delivers Faroudja video, 3DTV support, connectivity, and advanced security schemes with all the latest CAS (Conditional Access System) support, such as NSK2.

In addition, the STi7141 will help Hathway launch a multi-service platform with advanced features. The STi7141 supports the latest HD broadcast standards including MPEG4/H.264/VC1 decoding and integrates a DOCSIS 2.0 cable modem. The DOCSIS/EuroDOCSIS 2.0 cable modem technology enables always-on Internet connection and supports IP-based interactive TV and Internet telephone services. ST's DOCSIS 2.0-compliant STi7141 supports downlink data speeds of 40Mbit/s. Support for HDMI, USB, eSATA and Ethernet interconnects is also built in.

"Our new high-definition digital set-top boxes benefit from STMicroelectronics' feature-packed and flexible system-on-chip ICs and provide an ideal platform for us to deliver innovative value-added services to our customers," said Jayant Changrani, President, Hathway.

Hathway offers cable television services across 140 cities and towns and cable broadband services across 21 cities.

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