Fastway, a leading Indian cable service provider has selected STiH273 HD cable chipsets from STMicroelectronics Pty Ltd for their HD interactive USB DVR platform.
A specialist provider of System-on-Chip (SoC) ICs for set-top boxes and home gateways, STMicroelectronics will supply its STiH273 (Palma) HD cable chipsets to Fastway, a leading Indian cable MSO (multi-system operator) with over three million digital subscribers. ST’s solution will help Fastway deliver to their customers, high-quality HD content and access to wide-ranging Value Added Services (VAS), including banner advertisements, interactive TV shopping, and education services.
The STiH273 (Palma) HD cable chipsets set a new industry standard for best-in class advanced security schemes. A richer viewing experience with high-quality video and interactivity is enabled for the customer with advantages such as high integration, low power consumption, and unmatched coordinated performance of CPU, video decoder and image quality processor.
Key features of the STiH273 chipsets include 1300DMIPs application CPU; integrated 256kB L2 cache increasing CPU performance for rich applications such as HTML5 browser, user interfaces, HD Picture-in-Picture, and PVR; integrated Digital Video Broadcast (DVB-C) demodulator, optimised to work with high-performance external tuners to meet stringent RF performance requirements of Indian cable networks; 16-bit DDR3 SDRAM support, integrated ePhy, no heat-sink for significant bill-of-material saving; Faroudja image quality processing; high quality and robust 1080p AVC (Advanced Video Coding) video decoder with advanced error correction and concealment capabilities; integrated standby controller offering 0.5W standby power consumption with super-fast resume time; and best-in-class advanced security for all major Conditional Access Systems (CAS).
The STiH273 HD cable chipsets are manufactured using 40nm process technology, and support an enhanced processing engine with integrated on-chip features that simplify set-top box design, including offering the possibility of a two-layer PC-board design. The chipset also allows set-top box manufacturers to use lower-cost memory and minimise system power consumption, optimising total cost of ownership.
Fastway Managing Director Mr Gurdeep Singh explains that their new high-definition digital set top boxes benefit from ST’s feature-packed and flexible system-on-chip ICs, enabling an ideal platform to deliver innovative value-added services such as interactive education services, multi-genre digital music service, restaurants and events search guide, and games to customers. He adds that ST’s strong localised support will help them drive digital migration and bring high-quality TV solutions to customers.
Fastway CEO Mr Peeush Mahajan observes that ST has helped them create a customised solution optimised for India that enhances customer satisfaction and sustains their leadership edge in their field.
Vivek Sharma, Vice President, Greater China and South Asia region, and Director, India Design Center, STMicroelectronics comments Fastway’s selection of ST’s set-top box technology underlines ST’s strengths and commitment to supporting the growth of the Indian digital TV market through cooperation with key local players.