BERGEN, Norway -- STMicroelectronics and Nera Wireless Broadband Access AS here today announced collaboration in chip-set and software development for new interactive set-top box applications using broadband satellite communications.
The two European companies said their partnership will create turnkey solutions for a variety of interactive broadband satellite applications, such as Internet access, point-to-multipoint communications standards, and wireless gateways for the home.
Nera's expertise in satellite communication and air interface development will be combined with STMicroelectronics' capabilities in digital TV technologies, said Christos Lagomichos, general manager of ST's Consumer BroadBand Division. The partnership 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," he said.
STMicroelectronics and Nera said they were both active in Digital Video Broadcast standards activities, and they have participated in development of the new DVB Return Channel via Satellite (DVB-RCS) standard. Terminals based on this standard will be capable of receiving digital TV and Internet protocol (IP) data at bit-rates up to 50 megabits per second and can transmit up to 2 Mbit/sec. IP data via a satellite return channel, noted the two partners.
"Nera sees this partnership as an important step to establish cost-effective wireless solutions," said Hakon Heier, president of Nera. "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."