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ST Exits Set-Top Box Chip Biz, Plans Layoffs

1/27/2016 11:50 AM EST
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Such a shame
bobdvb   1/28/2016 8:35:33 AM
ST has struggled for a few years in the STB market but things were just getting better before this announcement.

ST moved from their own CPU core to ARM and in doing so their roadmap took a number of hits. Also they failed to deliver the SDKs on time several times and this additionally hit confideence. But the roadmap has settled in the last six months and I could really see things starting to move. One of the major UK payTV networks just picked them for their flagship product, a major win for them over the incumbant Broadcom and many other companies were considering a return to ST. 

I think it is a real shame that the market is closing in, with fewer experienced chip vendors around. It is good when you have new vendors coming in but they are inexperienced and they often don't have either a stabled software stack and/or sufficient security robustness. This will be a massive boost to MStar and will re-enforce Broadcom's position as market leader.

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