Geneva, Switzerland STMicroelectronics has launched its DTV150 digital TV hardware platform that provides demodulation, MPEG-2 high-definition (HD) and standard-definition (SD) decoding, full HD video processing, high quality audio, and video switching functions for integrated digital TV (iDTV) sets worldwide. This highly-integrated solution is built around ST's new STi1010 single-chip iDTV processor, which provides the capability to use the same chip for digital and analog broadcast decoding, and video TV processing.
ST said the platform achieves a balance in the trade-off between performance and cost. The DTV150 is intended for the mid-range iDTV market, but also offers a cost-effective solution for more price-sensitive products, enabling manufacturers to use a single platform for WXGA or full HD applications, with single- or double-video pipe for Picture-in-Picture (PIP) display. It is fully compliant with middleware requirements such as MHEG-5 or multimedia home platform (MHP).
The STi1010 processor, manufactured using an 80-nm CMOS process technology, provides unified analog and digital TV in a single chip, with a common graphical user interface (GUI) and single TV processor for both analog and digital TV reception. It supports displays up to 1080p (1920 x 1080), including full 1080i de-interlacing using ST's 3D contour sensitive de-interlacer (CSDi) to enhance picture quality.
The STi1010 is based on ST's established STD2000 iDTV processor, with enhanced picture quality, improved connectivity including embedded HDMI, dual LVDS output and a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface for JPEG and MP3 playback, and capability for decoding AD (Audio Description), Dolby Digital, and AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) audio streams.
The processor is supported within the DTV150 platform by other high-performance devices including the STV0362 (European DVB standards) and STV0374 (US ATSC standards) digital demodulators; the STV83xx series single-chip TV sound processors, and the STV6402 or STV6415 video switches.
The STi1010 supports PIP, and its high-end dual-plane OSD (On-Screen Display) is generated at display-panel resolution. The chip includes a 32-bit, 250-MHz unified DDR2 memory interface for CPU, OSD and video. Hardware and software reference designs for the DTV150 platform are available for the North American ATSC, European DVB, Chinese DDTB and Japanese ISDB-T markets.
The STi101x is supplied in a 27 x 27-mm PBGA package as the STi1010 for the full HD display capability with PIP, and as the STi1011 for the WXGA version with no PIP.
Pricing: The total BOM for the DTV150 platform with a full high-definition configuration targeting the European market is expected to be lower than $45.
Availability: Production samples will be available in February 2008, with volume production planned for Q2 2008. Customer development samples are available now.
Product information: STi1010
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