Global semiconductor leader STMicroelectronics Pty Ltd has introduced four new low-power SoCs (System-on-Chips) that pave the way for large-scale deployment of new UHDp60-enabled ‘4K’ set-top boxes.
Featuring small and cool form factors, the second-generation 4K set-top-boxes allow users to enjoy a richer, more immersive Ultra-HD experience delivering fast, crystal-clear sports action and increased colour fidelity together with increased media content resolution. The new SoCs will be demonstrated at IBC 2014 (Hall 1/F40).
The four new SoCs, STiH314/318 and STiH414/418 are being used by ST to leverage the market success of its widely-deployed STiH312/Cannes and STiH412/Monaco architectures. The STiH314/318 and STiH414/418 SoCs now extend the market reach from the most cost-sensitive to the highest-performance use cases. The availability of mature software allows faster time-to-market and complete re-use of already deployed middleware while low-power operation enables re-use of existing HD form factors.
Gian Luca Bertino, Executive Vice President, General Manager, Digital Convergence Group, STMicroelectronics explains that ST is broadening its family of complete integrated solutions for set-top-boxes with the new devices. He adds that the growing share of UHD TV shipments from about 6% of TVs sold today to over 30% in the next five years, places ST in the pole position to help its customers with the industry’s most cost-effective and power-efficient solutions for next-generation TV services.
Manufactured in 28nm process technology, ST’s new Cannes/Monaco-compatible set-top box SoC devices will be available with complete software support to major OEMs in Q4 2014.