STMicroelectronics : Aston's New Maya HD Satellite Receiver Uses High-Performance Set-Top Box Technology from

       STMicroelectronics : Aston's New Maya HD Satellite Receiver Uses
       High-Performance Set-Top Box Technology from STMicroelectronics

Moscow, January 30, 2013 - During the CSTB 2013 show in Moscow, Aston is
showcasing the first prototype of its Maya HD PVR satellite receiver built
around the latest-generation HD H.264 STiH237 (Cardiff) decoder chipset from
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global leader serving customers across the
spectrum of electronics applications and a top global supplier of set-top box
(STB) ICs. The Maya HD receiver offers a cost-effective solution that meets
Aston's exacting quality standards. The platform is compliant with all
off-the-shelf conditional access systems, including Viaccess and Conax.

Reflecting most challenging quality standards
Drawing on 25 years' experience in satellite receivers and leveraging the
optimized design developed by STMicroelectronics, the new platform from Aston
integrates the highest quality standards in terms of technical specifications
and choice of components. High-quality hardware design, combined with Aston's
deep software-development expertise, offers customers the fluidity and
reliability they have come to expect from the brand.

"Aston's new Maya HD receiver is strong evidence of the performance, advanced
level of integration, and reliability of our STiH237 (Cardiff) chipset, to
both teams' design expertise and our joint commitment to quickly develop a
technologically sophisticated receiver," said Mustapha Bouraoui,
Vice-President Marketing & Applications EMEA at STMicroelectronics. "As a
company with a long history of collaboration in its DNA, ST is pleased with
its cooperative efforts and achievement with Aston."

Cost-effective solution
The Maya HD features an optimized design that delivers exceptional value for
money. All mechanical and electronic components have been totally optimized
through a unique approach that makes no concessions on quality and

Sleek, elegant design
In keeping with Aston's reputation for exclusive trend-setting industrial
design, the innovative, compact and exceptionally sleek Maya HD device sets
new standards in the satellite-receiver market.

At the heart of the Maya HD, the STiH237 decoder is manufactured in ST's
low-power system-on-chip process technology that enables the integration of a
high-performance satellite receiver and all of the features to support
personal video recording and Over-the-Top video services. The STiH237 supports
the full range of HD broadcast and multimedia codecs, hybrid and IP standards,
the latest security and content protection standards, and important middleware
stacks from the leading providers.

Meeting the latest low-power objectives, ST's decoder also delivers
outstanding "green" features such as the latest generation of energy-efficient
Ethernet and a 0.5W stand-by mode with fast-resume capability.

Aston's new line of satellite receivers, built on ST's HD set-top box decoder
technology, offers alternative innovative and exceptionally robust solutions
with proven capabilities for the fast-expanding markets of Russia, CIS
(Commonwealth of Independent States) countries and Eastern Europe, where
cost-effectiveness is a winning factor. The Maya HD product line reflects
Aston's commitment to growing its presence in the global satellite receiver

The close collaboration between Aston and STMicroelectronics, which enabled
the development of the latest-generation platform in less than three months,
illustrates Aston's ability to combine technological prowess with
cost-effectiveness without compromising on reliability or market
differentiation. This will result in the rollout of an entirely new range of
high-definition satellite receivers by summer 2013, underscoring Aston's goal
of expanding its international footprint and developing innovative product
design methods to better meet target-market expectations.

"Aston leveraged its long-standing partnership with STMicroelectronics to
cooperatively develop an innovative new platform for widespread deployment in
record time. STMicroelectronics has successfully integrated our exacting
technology standards and tailored its solution to meet our needs. We are
extremely satisfied with the outcome of this collaboration," said Stéphane
Nitenberg, CEO of Aston.

Active in the global digital TV marketplace for over 20 years, ASTON designs,
develops and manufactures reception solutions for digital satellite and
terrestrial TV, as well as for the new connected value-added services. As an
industrial player, the company controls the entire production chain, from
product creation and development to marketing. Innovation and technology have
always been at the core of the company's strategy. As such, ASTON works with
key partners to develop platforms with VOD functionalities, Catch-Up
Television, Connected Television, and even HbbTV and Android applications.
ASTON also develops multi-room and multi-screen solutions. For more
information visit or follow us on Twitter @AstonFrance.

About STMicroelectronicsST is a global leader in the semiconductor market
serving customers across the spectrum of sense and power and automotive
products and embedded processing solutions. From energy management and savings
to trust and data security, from healthcare and wellness to smart consumer
devices, in the home, car and office, at work and at play, ST is found
everywhere microelectronics make a positive and innovative contribution to
people's life. By getting more from technology to get more from life, ST
stands for life.augmented.

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