LONDON ST Microelectronics has embedded Airgo Networks, Inc.’s MIMO Wireless LAN technology into its STx7100 platform and the companies have collaborated on a set-top-box reference design that will allow video content to be streamed wirelessly around the home at speeds up to 240 Mbits/sec.
The design is being demonstrated at the ANGA Cable communications show taking place this week in Cologne, Germany. The set up, with the Airgo’s True MIMO Gen 3 integrated into one of ST Micro’s STB chips, is being used to show how TV live and downloaded movies can be streamed throughout a typical home, with several European service provider’s gearing up to offer the service.
Another application will enable any set-top box in the home, powered by ST chipsets, to access PC media content.
The companies say the design will greatly reduce the costs and increase the convenience of offering ‘triple play’ services around a home.
"Wireless offers consumers much greater convenience and eliminates expensive support and installation costs that are currently preventing service providers from fully distributing video content around the home," said Christos Lagomichos of STMicroelectronics. "Airgo was a natural choice of partner since it has consistently led the field in developing wireless technologies for home networking that offer superior speed, range and reliability."
Greg Raleigh, president and CEO of Airgo Networks, said the companies are working on other designs "enabling the convergence of other high value digital services such as VoIP, gaming and intensive data applications."
STMicro and Airgo will offer reference designs to compete against early MIMO residential gateway specialists such as Ruckus Wireless Inc.
Additional reporting by Loring Wirbel