STMicroelectronics is demonstrating a significant leap forward in home multimedia by integrating media server software into a transcoder system on chip (SoC).
The STiH416 Orly real time transcoder SoC uses the Twonky Server software from PacketVideo so that content from many different sources can be streamed to many different devices in the home, regardless of the original content format or the screen resolution of the display device.
The diversity of technologies currently used throughout the multimedia world presents many challenges to achieving the vision of sharing content from any source on any other consumer application. For example, today most mobile devices are still unable to play TV content and most TVs cannot play videos taken from mobile devices.
Orly provides multi-format transcoding and broadband with the ability to bridge the many different multimedia scenarios, each of which has their own standards and resolutions. The second advance is the integration of the media server that complies with the universally accepted DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance)/UPNP (Universal Plug and Play) standards that can discover and communicate with any devices in the home. This allows integrated broadcast and Over-The-Top (OTT) Internet content, 3D gaming and TV, social videoconferencing, and home automation by communicating with other home devices and sensors.
"The goal of delivering 'any content on any device' has been an industry vision for many years and we are now showing a major step towards this vision of the ultimate connected home," said Laurent Remont, Group Vice President and General Manager of ST's Unified Platform Division "The addition of PacketVideo's Twonky technology on top of a powerful device such as Orly extends the end user's entertainment experience to any device. Any multimedia content, and live television in particular, can therefore be streamed with the best-in-class user experience."
"Our collaboration with ST has demonstrated that the two key building blocks of the connected home Ė a high performance home gateway chip with built-in transcoding and a robust, versatile and standards-compliant media server technology Ė are not only available now but work perfectly together," said Frank LaBarbera, Vice President Market Development, PacketVideo.
This article originally appeared on EE Times Europe.