STMicroelectronics Pty Ltd has announced the availability of Bull Frog middleware, the Frog by Wyplay set-top-box middleware version 2.0 on its Cannes and Monaco families of ARM System-on-Chip products. Wyplay is the creator of software solutions for leading pay TV operators.
ST and Wyplay also revealed plans for an extension spanning the full ARM/HEVC product range from Liege2 (STiH301) to the latest UHDp60 family members STiH314/318/414/418.
The collaboration between the two companies was made possible, in part thanks to a significant code contribution by ST’s software R&D teams. ST’s contribution to the Frog codebase will be shared among a growing community of more than 60 licensee companies, including device manufacturers, independent software vendors, software services providers, and operators. The code covers adaptations of the Frog middleware to the ST SDK2 Linux software environment and specific hardware capabilities, API extensions, as well as optimisation of the rendering of HTML5 applications.
ST’s contribution represents the collaborative nature of the Frog shared-source ecosystem, a pre-integrated and pre-validated reference implementation that includes a UI, middleware, drivers, OS, and hardware. This level of integration and feature alignment yields an accelerated time to market for the introduction of convergent services such as Over-The-Top services by pay TV operators.
According to Hervé Mathieu, Box and Gateways Business Line Director, Unified Platform Division, STMicroelectronics, set-top-box OEMs and operators can get a significant time-to-market advantage with the integration of Frog on all of ST’s ARM set-top-box and server reference designs. Benefits also come from the economies of scale resulting from a common middleware stack across ST’s entire product range.
Wyplay CEO Jacques Bourgninaud observes that ST’s major contribution into the Frog ecosystem proves their innovation leadership. He adds that the flexible Frog licensing model also ensures all members of the Frog Community can leverage Wyplay’s middleware on the full range of ST’s products.
Building on this integration, the two companies are now engaging in an ambitious roadmap, introducing advanced features such as 4K user interfaces, transcoding and multiscreen capabilities made possible by ST’s set-top-box and server processors.
ST’s Cannes/Monaco SoC architecture is built on a powerful combination of ARM multi-core CPU and GPU processors matched with ST’s advanced Faroudja multimedia subsystem with an HEVC robust video decoder, high-performance video encoder, and high-quality video pre/post processing. The overall system is protected by an advanced security subsystem compliant with the latest CAS/DRM (Conditional Access System/Digital Rights Management) standards to secure operators’ assets and premium contents.
The Cannes/Monaco SoC families provide multiple interfaces including PCIe supporting Wi-Fi connectivity, smart-card interfaces, 6Gbit/s Gen 3 eSATA interfaces, USB2/3, SPI, I2C, SDIO and DDR memory support for flexible and affordable bill-of-materials HW designs. The low power draw of both chipset families combined with support for active standby mode enables attractive form-factor solutions.