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ST architecture to drive 64bit SoCs for the digital home

Posted: 08 Jan 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:STMicroelectronics  64bit processor  SoC  digital home  home server 

STMicroelectronics has announced its advanced STi8K architecture addressing future SoCs for the digital home. Based on the latest ARMv8-A cores, STi8K SoCs will further improve the available Cannes/STiH3 (FHD1/UHD HEVC Client-Box), Monaco/STiH4 (FHD/UHD HEVC Server/Gateways), and Alicante/STiD12 (DOCSIS) product families, providing, in combination with them, a smooth and future-proof industry transition from 32bit to 64bit computing, indicated the company.

Optimized for ST's 28nm Fully Depleted Silicon-On-Insulator (FD-SOI) and smaller-geometry manufacturing processes, the STi8K architecture leverages the increased data throughput, the extended memory addressing, and the reduced power consumption of the latest ARM Cortex-A53 and Cortex-A57 64bit processor technology, combining high performance and reliability with outstanding energy efficiency to meet end-user and eco-design requirements such as the US Energy Star and the EU's EuP (Energy using Products) directive.

ST's STi8Karchitecture features industry-unique Faroudja transcoding, managing, for example, 8 HD streams and advanced hardware-assisted networking capabilities, to enable extremely advanced scenarios for distributing multimedia content, as required by tomorrow's satellite, cable and hybrid home servers and gateways.

With its support for Ultra High Definition up to 60fps with wide gamut and 10bit color, as required by the ITU-R Recommendation BT.2020, and high-performance full-frame-rate graphics based on OpenGL ES 2.0 and OpenGL ES 3.0 standards, users will enjoy a true Ultra HD immersive digital-viewing experience, including stunning realism for live-action sports and gaming, allowing operator branding at native 4K resolution, stated the firm.

The STi8K incorporates the newly defined HDMI 2.0, running at the highest data throughput of 6Gb/s per channel, together with the latest HDCP 2.2 security and DisplayPort v1.2, to provide the high-speed connectivity to full color and full-frame-rate Ultra HD screens.

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