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STMicroelectronics to power Hathway’s HD STBs

MUMBAI: The leading multi-system-operator Hathway Cable and Datacom has chosen global semi-conductor maker STMicroelectronics’ highly integrated systems-on-chips (SoC) to power two of its advanced high-definition (HD) set-top boxes.

ST’s STiH273 (Palma) drives Hathway’s newest HD entry-level STBs and the STi7141 forms the heart of the new-generation interactive, Multi-Tuner HD DVR STB.

According to Hathway, the STiH273 will allow it to broaden market access to HD zappers and help it to win extra subscribers and grow revenues. The STi7141 inside Hathway’s interactive Multi-Tuner HD DVR STB will help Hathway launch a multi-service platform with advanced features, the MSO said.

The STiH273 integrates a DVB-C demodulator and it has been optimised to work with high-performance external CAN and silicon tuners to meet the stringent RF-performance requirements of the Indian cable networks. The STiH273 also delivers high-quality Faroudja video, 3DTV support, connectivity, and advanced security schemes with all the latest CAS (Conditional Access System) support, such as NSK2.

The STi7141 supports the latest HD broadcast standards including MPEG4/H.264/VC1 decoding and integrates a DOCSIS 2.0 cable modem. The DOCSIS/EuroDOCSIS 2.0 cable modem technology enables always-on Internet connection and supports IP-based interactive TV and Internet telephone services. ST’s DOCSIS 2.0-compliant STi7141 supports downlink data speeds of 40Mbps. Support for HDMI, USB, eSATA and Ethernet interconnects is also built in.

“Our new high-definition digital set-top boxes benefit from STMicroelectronics’ feature-packed and flexible system-on-chip ICs and provide an ideal platform for us to deliver innovative value-added services to our customers,” said Hathway Cable and Datacom President Technology Enterprise Broadband Commercial Jayant Changrani.

“This important design win confirms the competitiveness of our product offering, enabling ST to deliver customised solutions for any specific set-top box market, and emphasises our commitment to support strategic and fast-growing emerging markets through local resources, such as the ST Greater Noida research and development centre,” STMicroelectronics Vice President, Greater China and South Asia Region, and Director, India Design Centre Vivek Sharma.