To offer better quality content to households, content creators and distributors need to know that it is going to the intended person in a secure way. Therefore, service providers need to convince content distributors that they have the very best conditional access or Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems in place to protect the content from unlicensed distribution. That is why Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) like Entropic is collaborating with Cryptography Research to provide security for content from the hardware level.
They had previously collaborated on a client server solution that llows Service Providers to stream content to multiple home appliances at the sametime. Now, STMicroelectronics and SoftAtHome have extended their partnersip to develop an Ultra High Definition (UHD) chipset that enables operators to offer enhance viewing experiences via their set-top box.
OEMs have been given the opportunity to reduce the time-to-market their smart meter designs, with the release of the industry’s first smart meter System-on-Chip (SoC). ST said the chip combines precision metering with flexible, programmable processing and PLC (Power-Line Communication) subsystems along with advanced security in a single device.
Broadcom has launched a new line of HomePlug AV2 solutions that offer better speed than HomePlug AV. The new line of Adaptive Home Network solutions includes two new powerline communications systems-on-a-chip (SoCs) that integrate with Wi-Fi, set-top box, gateway and TV platforms for superior in-home Internet coverage and reliability.
Sigma Designs today release a new set of G.hn based chipsets for OEMs developing for today’s digital homes. The CG5200 family includes the CG5210, CG5220 and CG5230 chips, which enables superior networked entertainment performance and throughput for seamless, high-quality distribution of Triple Play and IPTV. The versatility of the chips work over powerline, coax and phone line.
Vixs has collaborated with Axentra to port Axentra’s HipServ NAS Media Software to XCode 4208 media processor. As one of the leading digital media access software, HipServ enables consumer to access their digital media from a wide range of devices such as Android and Apple’s iOS based mobile devices. The collaboration will allow OEMs to shorten the development of NAS (Network Attached Storage) base solutions that offers video transcoding.
Lantiq has introduced a new set of XWAY ARX300 device family for new ADSL2/2+ Broadband Home Gateways. The XWAY ARX300 family includes four System-on-Chip (SoC) derivatives to address different system configurations, ranging from cost-optimized fast Ethernet to feature-rich high-performance Gigabit Ethernet systems.
In their effort to reach more markets and bring down the cost of set-top boxes (STB) Humax has collaborated with Broadcom to develop the world’s first 40nm HD Satellite set-top box. The high definition satellite set-top box solution reduces the system cost for set-top manufactures like Humax and allow them to accelerate deployment of HD satellite STBs.
Palmchip has release a new AcurX51 SoC platform for the smart grid connectivity and home area network (HAN) solutions industry. The new AcurX51 is based on a customised version of the Intel 8051 processor core, which allows it to fit into environment that already has existing 8051 software tools. It was designed with the green and smart grid community in mind; it is energy efficient, low cost and enables devices to be remotely managed.
The ARMADA 1000 High Definition media processor System-on-a-Chip (SoC) - part of the ARMADA Processors from Marvell now has support for RVU protocol. The new solution will be deployed in various low powered consumer electronic (CE) devices such as handsets, tablets and set-top boxes (STB). This is expected to benefit operators by allowing them to provide a consistent viewing experience and features to connected CE devices, while consumers benefit from a standard user experience throughout the home without the need for separate proprietary devices.