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STMicroelectronics Technologies and Complete US-Cable Portfolio Enable the Digital Multimedia Home



STMicroelectronics Technologies and Complete US-Cable Portfolio Enable the
Digital Multimedia Home

                 Complete offering spans from network access
                 to video processing and in-home connectivity

GENEVA, Jan. 3, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM), a
global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of
electronics applications, announces today the industry's most complete
hardware and software platform for the digital multimedia home. The complete
product offering includes all the ingredients required for the US cable market
from high-speed broadband access to Ultra HD multi-screen video processing and
seamless home connectivity over wired and wireless networks.

"To meet the high-bandwidth demands of US consumers, Cable operators have
introduced high-speed networks capable of delivering high-end interactive
content to displays from TVs to smartphones and tablets," said Gian Luca
Bertino, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Digital Convergence
Group, STMicroelectronics. "To ensure that this content is properly processed,
managed and distributed, home-gateway and client-box SoCs must integrate a
wide range of wired and wireless interfaces, low-power modes, and premium
content protection. ST's broad, market-unique offering for the digital
multimedia home puts all the pieces into place to enable operators to deliver
the best user experience and most advanced services at optimized cost."

ST's DOCSIS® 3.0-certified^[1] cable-modem chips (the STiD12 product family,
codenamed 'Alicante') provide fast network connectivity for multimedia home
entertainment and interactive broadband services. The extremely high data
rates up to 800Mbit/s enable set-top boxes and home gateways to deliver video
and Internet data services over a single network and support simultaneous use
of multiple connected devices. The DOCSIS 3.0 chips and associated software
stack facilitate access to on-demand and streaming content and support the
next-generation Internet Protocol (IPv6) that enables more devices to be
connected to the Internet.

ST's latest multimedia application-processor System-on-Chips (the STiH3
client-box and STiH4 server-box product families, codenamed 'Cannes' and
'Monaco', respectively) support decode and display resolution up to the
leading-edge Ultra HD (2160p) and the next-generation H.265 / HEVC^[2] video
compression. This combination sets to extend the viewing experience for end
users with more realistic and in-the-action immersion.  

The STiH3 and STiH4 architecture is based on the high-performance Dual ARM®
Cortex(TM) CPU and provides native support for the RDK^[3] software adopted by
major US cable operators. It also supports other 3^rd party software used in
the US Cable market such as the PowerUp HTML5 Platform with the PowerUp DVB
stack^[4] from Zodiac Interactive (www.zodiac.tv).

The ST platform enables whole-home distribution of high-definition video and
content over wired and wireless networks at Gbit/s speeds. Supporting MoCA^[5]
2 specification, ST chips (STiC2BB/STiC2PA) combine super-fast error-less data
transmission over the existing coaxial cabling with low-power modes of sleep
and standby on a home-multimedia network. ST's set-top box platform supports
the latest WiFi standard (802.11ac) enabling swift and reliable wireless
streaming of bandwidth-intensive video content, including Over-the-Top, PayTV
(up to Ultra HD resolution) and gaming, to multiple clients throughout the
home, all at the same time and over the same frequency spectrum.

Note to Editors:
More than 50 million set-top boxes and about 17 million DOCSIS 3.0-enabled CPE
(Customer Premises Equipment) units are forecast to be shipped annually in
North America alone in the next couple of years^[6].

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.

For Press Information Contact:
STMicroelectronics
Michael Markowitz
Director Technical Media Relations
+1 781 591 0354
michael.markowitz@st.com

[1] certified by CableLabs, a consortium of cable experts and industry
operators [2] High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) doubles the data
compression ratio used with the previous H.264/MPEG-4 AVC standard at the same
level of video quality [3] The Reference Design Kit (RDK) is a pre-integrated
software bundle developed and licensed to create a common framework for
powering IP or hybrid set-top boxes (STBs) and gateway devices for CE
manufacturers, SoC vendors, and other software developers, system integrators
and TV service providers. The RDK was developed to accelerate the deployment
of next-generation video services and prevent software fragmentation by
providing speed-to-market, collaboration and standardization. Supported by
more than 100 licensees, RDK Management, LLC was formed as a joint venture
between Comcast Cable and Time Warner Cable to administer the RDK. More
information is available at http://www.rdkcentral.com. [4] The PowerUp HTML5
Platform and DVB stack is a modular solution set based on an open industry
standard that provides a common foundation for legacy and next-generation
managed and un-managed devices for both QAM and IP service delivery.  [5]
Multimedia over Coax Alliance  [6] Sources: IHS Market Reports, ST internal
estimates

ST Digital Home Portfolio http://hugin.info/152740/R/1752587/590906.pdf

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