STMicroelectronics : STMicroelectronics and SoftAtHome Demonstrate Secure,
High-Quality Platform for Multi-Screen Digital Services
Client/server solution leveraging ST connected-home technology and SoftAtHome
unique CPE (Customer Premises Equipment) software enables operators to deliver
optimal multimedia services to multiple screens through unified, managed
Geneva, Switzerland, and Nanterre, France, March 20, 2013 - STMicroelectronics
(NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the
spectrum of electronics applications, and SoftAtHome, a provider of home
operating platforms enabling operators to deliver convergent services for the
digital home, have successfully demonstrated a client/server solution that
will allow service providers to reach extra screens with optimal user
experience in subscribers' homes via a single, managed connection.
Taking advantage of ST's set-top box IC portfolio, which covers a broad range
of performance and features for applications from gateway/server devices to
low-cost zapper boxes, the solution allows an entry-level client such as a
mini-box or HDMI dongle connected to a secondary television or PC to receive
operator services via the main home gateway.
Built upon ST's competitively priced STiH205, the client device supports
higher video quality than other types of devices such as mobiles, and provides
a secure platform for conditional-access services. The STiH416 system-on-chip
powering the server/gateway is the world's highest performing set-top box IC,
which supports high-speed decoding and transcoding to deliver outstanding user
experiences to any home client. The SoftAtHome software platform enables
operator services to present a consistent look and feel across multiple
screens. Moreover, the use of industry-standard protocols such as DLNA^,
CVP^ and RUI^ frees operators from the constraints of proprietary
SoftAtHome's unique software platform for CPEs enables the best of PayTV and
OTT (Over-The-Top) services to be merged into a unified Service Provider
experience on any connected screen. SoftAtHome has ported its software across
ST's full portfolio of connected-home system-on-chip ICs, allowing operators
worldwide to leverage the SoftAtHome Operating Platform (SOP5) to deliver
innovative services to their customers.
Today's subscribers are increasingly consuming services via multiple devices
such as smartphones, tablets, PCs, game consoles and secondary televisions
throughout the home. Operators need to be able to reach all of these screens,
via their own managed networks, to deliver the full service portfolio and
ensure quality of service and optimal quality of experience.
"This client/server solution answers the need for cost-effective,
high-performance connectivity between the main home digital gateway and
secondary client devices," said Laurent Remont, Group VP Digital Convergence
Group and General Manager Unified Platform Division, STMicroelectronics. "This
approach, combining ST's set-top box SoCs with SoftAtHome's software platform,
gives operators greater control over service delivery and quality while
helping retain customers and build revenue, and will allow subscribers to
connect more screens throughout the home using low-cost devices such as
mini-boxes and dongles."
"Thanks to this new collaboration, SoftAtHome and ST are simplifying
multiscreen deployment in the home," said Michel Degland, CEO of SoftAtHome.
"Our software transforms an ST-powered STB into a universal media player able
to access any kind of content including Live as well as web based via new OTT
technologies, and redistribute on retail and Service Providers' owned
ST 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.
In 2012, the Company's net revenues were $8.49 billion. Further information on
ST can be found at www.st.com.
SoftAtHome is a software company backed by Orange, Sagemcom and Etisalat to
deliver total convergence through an operating platform for the digital home
environment. It fosters a new ecosystem made up of service providers, 3rd
party application developers, integrators and hardware vendors to accelerate
the advent of the digital home. SoftAtHome solutions are deployed on millions
of home across the world. The company is headquartered in France with
development and sales teams in France, Belgium and UAE. For more information,
visit us at www.softathome.com or follow us on twitter @SoftAtHome.
STMicroelectronics Media Contact:
Director Technical Media Relations
+1 781 591 0354
SoftAtHome Media Contact:
m: +31 6 21 18 45 85
 DLNA - Digital Living Network Alliance
 CVP - Commercial Video Profile
 RUI - Remote User Interface
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