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STB sol'ns target satellite receivers, IP clients

Posted: 09 Jan 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Entropic  STB  satellite receiver  demodulator  HEVC 

Entropic has unveiled what it touts as its first fully-integrated set-top box (STB) SoC family that integrates high-efficiency video codec (HEVC) decoding, Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) 2.0 home networking, dual DVB-S/S2 demodulators using full-band capture satellite tuning and 3D graphics acceleration. Aimed at next generation satellite STB and IP-client devices, the EN7300-series claims to be more integrated and economical compared to competitive solutions.

Entropic's EN7300-series delivers high-end features to a broader based market of HD satellite receiver and IP-client STBs. Its 1080p60 HEVC decoding empowers satellite operators to save transmission bandwidth relative to H.264 or MPEG-2. The series also features mature third-generation MoCA 2.0 RF and MAC/PHY networking to enable net throughput (MAC) rates of 400+Mb/s, and offers OpenGL ES 2.0 support using ARM Mali-400 3D graphics acceleration for attractive user interfaces with multi-plane video and graphics compositing.

The STB SoCs tout satellite tuning with dual DVB-S/S2 demodulation and all-band MoCA 2.0 receiver using full-band capture ADCs. The use of 28nm low power process technology minimizes active power consumption in the STB as compared to other integrated SoCs and aggressive standby modes with dedicated power management MCU for idle power savings. In addition, the series boasts cost optimized BOM through integrated Smart Card controller, 16bit DDR3 or DDR4 memory interface, integrated audio amplifiers, video filters, ESD protection and all the necessary I/O for a satellite receiver or IP client.

Entropic's EN7300-series includes the EN731x, a single-chip dual DVB-S/S2, HEVC STB SoC and the EN730x, a single-chip HEVC IP-client SoC, both available with or without MoCA 2.0. The product family is sampling in 1Q14 to early access customers.

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