ST Usher's in 64-bit Home Entertainment Appliances

  • Posted on: 16 January 2014
  • By: Patrick Oliphant

Anyone buying a new computer will go for a 64-bit desktop. For mobile, Apple iPhone and iPad latest models are all 64-bit, other mobile devices are about to go 64-bit with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 64-bit mobile processor. Now, STMicroelectronics is getting ready to offer home appliance manufacture 64-bit processor for their appliances, based on the latest ARMv8-A cores, STi8K  Systems-on-Chips (SoCs) architecture.

The new chipset will allow for more advance and demanding applications and services within the home, such as ultra high definition entertainment. The new STi8K architecture offers 8 HD streams and advanced hardware-assisted networking capabilities.  It also suited for extremely advanced scenarios for distributing multimedia content, as required by tomorrow’s satellite, cable and hybrid home servers and gateways.

“New upcoming, highly demanding technologies, such as DOCSIS 3.1 or full-featured 10-bit High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) in Ultra High Definition at 60 frames per second, will drive this same transition in the Digital Home market,” said Gian Luca Bertino, Executive Vice President and General Manager Digital Convergence Group, STMicroelectronics.

With its support for Ultra High Definition, as required by the ITU-R Recommendation BT.2020, and high-performance full-frame-rate graphics based on OpenGL ES 2.0 and OpenGL ES 3.0 standards, users will enjoy a true Ultra HD immersive digital-viewing experience, including stunning realism for live-action sports and gaming, allowing operator branding at native 4K resolution.

The STi8K incorporates the newly defined HDMI 2.0, running at the highest data throughput of 6Gbps per channel, together with the latest HDCP 2.2 (High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection) security and DisplayPort v1.2, to provide the high-speed connectivity to full colour and full-frame-rate Ultra HD screens.