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Samsung first to feature Sigma Designs’ next gen STB chip

LONDON — Sigma Design's second generation media processor SoC, the SMT 8654, will first feature in a Samsung Electronics range of STBs supporting Microsoft's Mediaroom client, and will be targeted at users in Europe.

Sigma's (Milpitas, Calif.) 8654 builds on the legacy SMP8634, its first design targeting STBs that run the Microsoft IPTV client. It is said to have 50 percent more processing power, lower cost, and an enhanced set of peripherals.

“We are proud of the success we have achieved with Microsoft and are excited to be working together with Samsung, one of the world's foremost manufacturers of consumer products and solutions,” said Ken Lowe, vice president of strategic marketing, Sigma Designs.

The SMP8654 features a 500-Mhz Mips host CPU, a second processor called the IPU for offloading real-time tasks, and a third processor dedicated to managing security functions. Its decoder engines support high definition video decoding of H.264 (MPEG-4 part 10), Windows Media Video 9, VC-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 (part 2), the new AVS standard, and can support up to 16 independent streams on screen in different formats.

Separately, also at the IBC in Amsterdam this week, MaxLinear Inc., (Carlsbad, Calif.), a fabless semiconductor company developing all-CMOS RF and mixed-signal ICs for consumer markets, said it and Sigma Designs have jointly developed a highly integrated hybrid DVB-T IPTV set-top-box (STB) reference design.

The reference design offers STB manufacturers a rapid development platform for either Windows CE or Linux operating environments.

MaxLinear also announced the availability of its MxL1x1SF family of tuner and demodulator chips for DVB-T and hybrid receivers.

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