Sagemcom, a leading set-top box manufacturer chose the latest-generation STi7108 System-on-Chip units from ST Microelectronics offering ultimate high-definition viewing, Internet browsing and content-handling experiences for their high-end STBs.
ST Microelectronics, a world leading supplier of set-top box or STB chips and Sagemcom have revealed that ST’s advanced STi7108 System-on-Chip (SoC) is powering Sagemcom’s latest high-end STBs, delivering increased flexibility for TV service providers and a richer viewing experience for end users.
The STi7108 SoC, aimed at hybrid broadcast/IPTV STBs integrates a high-performance host processor, dedicated 3D graphics, hard disk interface for PVR capability as well as Ethernet and USB connections allowing users to connect equipment such as personal media storage or digital cameras.
The chip’s ARM-based 3D-graphics engine supports the latest generation of user interfaces and 3D Electronic Program Guide (EPG) as well as advanced web content and high-performance gaming.
Using the high processing, graphics and 3D capabilities of this new SoC, Sagemcom will demonstrate a full 3D TV experience with a powerful 3D Electronic Program Guide user interface combined with high-quality 3D video content.
The software of this new high-end product embeds the necessary support of the HDMI standards related to 3D TV content management, automatically switching the TV display between 2D to 3D video.
“In the STi7108, ST has delivered the world’s most advanced high-definition set-top box chip to date, and the first in the market to combine 3D graphics, Ethernet, USB and e-SATA interfaces to connect Internet devices, DVR storage, external Flash or hard-disk drives,” said Philippe Lambinet, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Home Entertainment and Displays Group, STMicroelectronics.
“The use of the STi7108 SoC by a home-entertainment leader such as Sagemcom is a very significant endorsement for ST’s leading-edge consumer technology. Sagemcom’s powerful new 3D TV set-top boxes will enable operators to create value-added multimedia features and services to differentiate their products in the marketplace.”