STMicroelectronics and SoftAtHome Demonstrate Secure, High-Quality Platform for Multi-Screen Digital Services

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 Networks 
GENEVA and NANTERRE, FRANCE -- (Marketwire) -- 03/20/13 -- 
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[1], CVP[2] and RUI[3] frees operators from the
constraints of proprietary solutions.  
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 clients." 
About STMicroelectronics
 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. 
About SoftAtHome
 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. 
[1] DLNA - Digital Living Network Alliance 
[2] CVP - Commercial Video Profile 
[3] RUI - Remote User Interface 
ST_SoftAtHome: http://hugin.info/152740/R/1686603/552966.pdf  
STMicroelectronics Media Contact:
Michael Markowitz
Director Technical Media Relations
+1 781 591 0354
michael.markowitz@st.com 
SoftAtHome Media Contact:
Marta Twardowska 
e: press@softathome.com
m: +31 6 21 18 45 85
t: @SoftAtHome 
 
 
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