STMicroelectronics is now supporting the Analog Switch-Off (ASO) and the transition to richer digital TV services in Brazil. The company is all set to introduce ready-to-use set-top box platform in association with Brazilian digital-TV software specialist EiTV and digital-communications chipmaker MaxLinear. This new platform is specially designed for the Brazilian market with System-on-Chip (SoC) integration to create a cost-effective and compact solution.
Talking about this association, Herve Mathieu, Box and Gateways Business Line Director, Unified Platform Division, STMicroelectronics said, “The new turnkey platform we are announcing today features hardware and software tailored for the specific needs of Brazil and delivers a cost-optimized, fully compliant solution capable of bringing richer and more advanced TV services to viewers throughout the country.”
This new platform comprises of ST’s latest STiH206 set-top box SoC running EiTV’s Brazilian-GINGA (Java + NCL) middleware with the MaxLinear MXL683 tuner/demodulator IC, which supports Brazil’s unique ISDB-T digital-terrestrial broadcast standard. This chipset is the most popular one and is used in many of the set-top- boxes throughout Brazil. The STiH206 comes in a BGA 23x23mm package and incorporates ST’s proven ST40 application processor with fast DDR3 memory and L2 cache.
Moreover, it also features latest generation of ST’s video decoder and video post-process or that support MPEG2, H264, VC-1 and AVS high-definition standards. On the connectivity side it supports, including USB2.0, SD-MMC/SDIO and Ethernet.