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Sigma Designs to unleash ARM-based chipsets with HEVC

Posted: 08 Jan 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Sigma Designs  ARM Cortex A9  HEVC  chipset  ARM Mali 400 

Sigma Designs is set to unveil its latest High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC)-capable SMP8750 family at CES 2014. Combining the HEVC compression standard with a high performance ARM Cortex A9 CPU with an ARM Mali 400 GPU, the chipsets will offer a unique combination of performance, user experience and video quality, stated the company.

According to the firm, the Sigma SMP8756 is intended for OEMs, STB manufacturers and service providers eager to deploy new HEVC services and benefit from bandwidth savings and video quality. HEVC is a compression codec poised for deployment worldwide in the coming years. The SMP8750 series SoCs support HEVC's Main-10 profile allowing processing of up to 10bit color samples accepted as the standard for 4Kx2K, OTT and IPTV content. The SMP8750 family will support FHD and 4kx2k resolutions. The SMP8750 family offers SoCs at multiple cost and performance combinations allowing each SoC to offer optimal performance to price ratio for multiple STB platforms from zappers, PVR capable, Hybrid-broadcast and IPTV STBs.

The SMP8750 family migrates robust STB SoC components such as broadcast TS processing, OTP and security infrastructure paired with an ARM A9 CPU and Mali GPU. The single-core ARM A9 CPU and 3000 DMIPS of application processing along with a Mali GPU combine to provide a dramatic performance profile for 3D user interfaces, OTT and casual gaming applications. Incorporating Sigma's technologies such as secure media processing, multi-format Full-HD video decoding, VXP display processing, and field-proven AV software core, the SMP8756 promises to provide premium quality video experience. A software SDK is available for either Linux or Android platform development. Future certification of CAS technologies like Verimatrix and Nagravision are planned.

The chipset also demonstrates wide-ranging ecosystem compatibility, leveraging the widely supported ARM processing core, OpenGL ES, HTML-5 and others to ensure that a broad range of existing applications will run. It includes a range of hardware and software extensions to support the creation of complete system solutions including global tuner/demodulator standards, wired and wireless network controllers, DTV middleware stacks and industry-leading IPTV middleware ports, such as Wyplay and OpenTV.

The SMP8756 comes with a full Software Suite, including libraries and services packaged under both Linux and Android development kits for rapid development. It incorporates managed power consumption, developed for both US and European regulatory compliance and is developed to a minimal R-BOM to allow smaller footprint and lower cost implementations.

Sigma Designs has also announced a single chip Ultra HD frame rate conversion chip at CES designed for large-size LCD and OLED panels beyond 50in where high quality frame rate conversion, judder removal and Ultra HD upscaling are critical features. According to the firm, the FRCX combines the functionality of as many as five devices into a single chip. This reduces overall BOM costs and improves performance for OEMs that need to deliver cutting-edge Ultra HD TVs at competitive price points.

In addition to its performance, the FRCX chip has flexible input interfaces such as LVDS, VbyOne and HDMI. This allows FRCX to be easily used with Sigma's own Ultra HD TV SoCs or with other TV SoCs and mobile application processors available from OEMs in-house design teams or from other 3rd party chip suppliers.

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