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Groundbreaking Architecture from STMicroelectronics Leads Industry Transition to 64-bit Computing for the Digital Home



Groundbreaking Architecture from STMicroelectronics Leads Industry Transition
to 64-bit Computing for the Digital Home

  o Builds on successful deployment of current ST ARM-based SoCs, including
    its 'Cannes,' 'Monaco,' and 'Alicante' product families
  o Leverages latest 64-bit ARM cores to support the increasing performance
    and memory requirements of future SoCs

GENEVA, Jan. 6, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM), a
global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of
electronics applications and a leading manufacturer of High-Definition (HD)
and Ultra-High-Definition (UHD) set-top-box ICs, has released details of its
innovative STi8K(TM) architecture addressing future Systems-on-Chips (SoCs)
for the Digital Home.

Based on the latest ARMv8-A cores, STi8K(TM) SoCs will further enhance the
available Cannes/STiH3 (FHD^[1]/UHD HEVC Client-Box), Monaco/STiH4 (FHD/UHD
HEVC Server/Gateways), and Alicante/STiD12 (DOCSIS^®) product families,
providing, in combination with them, a smooth and future-proof industry
transition from 32-bit to 64-bit computing.

"The consumer industry has initiated the transition from 32- to 64-bit
computing in the mobile market," said Gian Luca Bertino, Executive Vice
President and General Manager Digital Convergence Group, STMicroelectronics.
"New upcoming, highly demanding technologies, such as DOCSIS 3.1 or
full-featured 10-bit High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) in Ultra High
Definition at 60 frames per second, will drive this same transition in the
Digital Home market. We have already built a solid, fast time-to-market and
future-proof foundation with our Cannes, Monaco, and Alicante families; our
new STi8K architecture is the next evolutionary step for our winning product
families and brings 64-bit computing to the digital home."

Optimized for ST's 28nm Fully Depleted Silicon-On-Insulator (FD-SOI) and
smaller-geometry manufacturing processes, the STi8K(TM) architecture leverages
the increased data throughput, the extended memory addressing, and the reduced
power consumption of the latest ARM^® Cortex^(TM)-A53 and Cortex^(TM)-A57
64-bit processor technology, combining high performance and reliability with
outstanding energy efficiency to meet end-user and eco-design requirements,
such as the US Energy Star and the EU's EuP (Energy using Products) directive.

Tom Cronk, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, at ARM added, "We
share ST's vision for the future of the digital home market. Full-color Ultra
HD applications together with ultra-high bandwidth home-network-access systems
made possible with DOCSIS 3.1 technologies will transform the
home-entertainment experience. Our long-term collaboration with ST, including
its recent integration of our latest 64-bit processors, together with our
mutual investment in software-ecosystem development, for example through
Linaro, are key building blocks that will help make more advanced and
immersive media experiences a reality.

ST's STi8K(TM) architecture features industry-unique Faroudja® transcoding,
managing, for example, 8 HD streams and advanced hardware-assisted networking
capabilities, to enable extremely advanced scenarios for distributing
multimedia content, as required by tomorrow's satellite, cable and hybrid home
servers and gateways.

With its support for Ultra High Definition up to 60 frames per second with
wide gamut and 10-bit color, as required by the ITU-R Recommendation BT.2020,
and high-performance full-frame-rate graphics based on OpenGL ES 2.0 and
OpenGL ES 3.0 standards, users will enjoy a true Ultra HD immersive
digital-viewing experience, including stunning realism for live-action sports
and gaming, allowing operator branding at native 4K resolution.

The STi8K(TM) incorporates the newly defined HDMI 2.0, running at the highest
data throughput of 6Gbps per channel, together with the latest HDCP 2.2
(High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection) security and DisplayPort v1.2, to
provide the high-speed connectivity to full color and full-frame-rate Ultra HD
screens.

"Our recently launched Cannes, Monaco, and Alicante product families are
enjoying strong momentum and have positioned ST as a leader in Ultra HD and
HEVC technologies," added Bertino. "By adopting these families our customers
are securing time-to-market advantages in their introduction of tomorrow's
digital home."

In Las Vegas during the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), ST will host
extensive demonstrations of its technologies and SoCs for the Digital Home in
a private hotel suite for select customers. The demos will include DOCSIS Home
Gateways and Cable Modems, as well as Full HD and Ultra HD Set Top Boxes
demonstrating full interoperability of ST SoCs with all the major providers of
HEVC encoders in the marketplace.

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] Full High-Definition

Digital Home Architecture from STMicroelectronics
http://hugin.info/152740/R/1752826/591073.pdf

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