STMicroelectronics today announced a new low-cost set-top box decoder chip, the STi5202, intended for terrestrial, cable, satellite and IP (Internet Protocol) TV applications. It shares the same architecture as the STi7109 single-chip H.264 high-definition (HD) decoder which is gaining success in markets worldwide.
The STi5202 integrates an advanced video decoder supporting the H.264/AVC coding standard and MPEG-2. These, along with a flexible multi-channel audio decoder handle all broadcast audio standards. For content protection, the STi5202 includes STMicroelectronics' fourth-generation security technology which allows the chip to support Windows Media DRM 10 and the Secure Video Processor (SVP) standards, both protecting content and allowing digital rights to be passed between consumer devices.
Connectivity is provided by on-chip Ethernet and USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interfaces, enabling the decoder to play a key role in a home network environment . In addition, optional HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) can provide SD video for HD displays. A programmable transport stream interface (PTI) manages inputs from satellite, cable and terrestrial tuners.
Embedded in the STi5202 is a powerful 266MHz ST40 CPU core, which is supported by industry-standard operating systems such as Linux and Microsoft Windows CE. STMicroelectronics provides a host of robust, integrated STAPI software drivers, plus a comprehensive set of hardware and software tools to enable rapid product development.
“We are able to offer our customers this optimized SD solution that will help them to address all segments of the advanced codec market whilst not compromising on security features or on the powerful multi-processor architecture ” said Stefano Groppetti, general manager of the Cable and IP Operators Business Unit within ST’s Home Video Division. “STi5202 shares software with the STi7109 and allows our customers to reduce the cost and improve the time to market when developing mixed SD/HD products .”