STMicroelectronics today announced that it is working with Nera Wireless Broadband Access AS, a Norwegian company, to jointly develop competitive solutions for the emerging interactive digital communications market.
The companies plan to develop chipsets and software for providing turnkey interactive broadband solutions for satellite digital set-top boxes (STBs). The companies also plan to promote together the rapid adoption of these solutions. They will support a variety of access technologies, including two-way satellite communications, high-speed Internet delivery via satellite and others such as terrestrial wireless point-to-multipoint (MDS, LMDS, PMP), and ADSL.
"The combination of the wide knowledge and experience of Nera in satellite communication and air interface development, and ST's excellence in digital TV consumer markets, will enable the rapid adoption by the market of cost-effective value-added two-way high-speed Internet access via satellite, as well as a new range of products, such as satellite modems for PC and home wireless gateways," said Christos Lagomichos, general manager of Geneva-based STMicroelectronics' Consumer BroadBand Division.
"Nera sees this partnership as an important step to establish cost-effective wireless solutions. The companies are working together to develop broadband interactive solutions to meet time-to-market and time-to-volume objectives required for the consumer market, positioning STMicroelectronics and Nera as the enablers of consumer interactive broadband solutions," said Hakon Heier, president of Nera Wireless Broadband Access AS, Bergen, Norway.
Both companies are active within the DVB organization and have participated actively in the development of the new DVB Return Channel via Satellite (DVB-RCS) standard. The standard, recently approved by the DVB Organisation, establishes an open specification for a new breed of versatile low-cost satellite terminals. These terminals are capable of receiving digital TV and IP data at bit-rates up to 50 Mbit/s, and can transmit up to 2-Mbit/s IP data via a satellite return channel.
STMicroelectronics has a leading position in ASIC technology and solutions for digital TV and STB chipsets. Nera's has a leading position in Inmarsat system satellite communications and has a long heritage in microwave technology and terrestrial wireless systems. Nera has recently established a new company, Nera Wireless Broadband Access, dedicated to providing wireless interactive broadband solutions for satellite and terrestrial radio applications.