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STMicroelectronics is about to make your set-top box shrink

Madura McCormack | Sept. 6, 2012
Semiconductor company invents tiny chip to make smaller set-top boxes

STMicroelectronics has announced a new system-on-chip (SoC) solution optimised for applications that demand the smallest footprint and minimum bill of materials, announced the semiconductor company today.

Measuring 23 millimeters in length and width, the tiny chip referred to as STiH205 is code compatible with both of STMicroelectronics STiH201 and STi7105 series, the company said.

STMicroelectronics claims the new chip will open up new application scenarios, including the smallest pay-TV broadcast set-top box.

The chip boasts a performance increase of 30-50 percent as compared to its STi7105 predecessor. Coupled with the cost and size reduction of end equipment, STiH205 could possibly allow the existence of smaller, cheaper and portable set-top boxes that allow broadcast beyond the limits of the home, according to the announcement.

STiH205 will aid rapid porting of existing software, allowing expansion or upgrade of product platform with minimum cost.

The technology is currently undergoing testing and is slated for production in 2013.


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