STMicroelectronics to supply integrated set-top box chip to Beijing Gehua Cable TV Network

21 October 2011 23 h 06 min 19 comments

Integrated Cable Modem and MPEG decoder to enable delivery of value-added programming via an interactive

GENEVA, Oct. 20, 2011 – STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader and a world leader in developing and delivering set-top box System-on-Chip (SoC) IC’s, today announced that Beijing Gehua Cable Television Network Ltd , a cable TV operator in Beijing, China, has selected ST’s integrated HD Cable Modem chip to deploy in set-top boxes to all of its subscribers.

Beijing Gehua’s customers will benefit from the STi7141′s integrated triple play and cable modem function, dual-tuner personal video recorder (PVR), and video-on-demand features to obtain delivery of a low-cost high-performance interactive service. The STi7141 supports the latest HD broadcast standards including MPEG4/H.264/VC1 decoding. The DOCSIS/EuroDOCSIS 2.0 cable modem enables an always-on Internet connection and supports IP-based interactive TV and Internet telephone services. The STi7141 has a built in Ethernet and also supports DOCSIS 3.0 channel bonding, to enable high-speed broadband download, as well as HDMI and USB.

Rigorous testing of the new STi7141-based cable-modem interactive STB has found the chip’s performance, stability, low power consumption and integrated triple-play function greatly exceeds the capability of Gehua’s previous-generation STB and successfully meets all of the company’s current and anticipated needs.

“Gehua has decided to deploy the STi7141 STB throughout Beijing’s Cable Network  to benefit from the high performance and low power consumption of the device,” said  Mr LIU Qiang, General Manager, Changhong Network company, “with the application convergence development in the Triple Play STB, Cable Operators have increased demand to enhance the STB performance and ST’s Cable Modem Integrated HD chip is the perfect choice for cable operators having DOCSIS interactive network. STi7141 has unique cost, performance, and Flexible Broadband Channel Bonding & Video QAMs configuration. Changhong has successfully developed an STi7141 embedded Cable Modem STB and has mass deployed it in the Gehua Cable Network. This winning solution places Changhong in the leading position in Embedded Cable Modem Triple play STB development.”

“The high-end capabilities, unprecedented integration and compliance with standards of the STi7141 will deliver to consumers in China an exceptional communication, entertainment and information experience,” said Laurent Remont, General Manager, Connected Home Division, Home Entertainment and Displays Group, STMicroelectronics. “Gehua’s evaluation and selection process was extremely rigorous and the success of the STi7141 in passing these tests validates our efforts to deliver the industry’s best technology for set-top boxes.”

The STi7141 was selected for its powerful dual-processor SoC with cable-modem integration, which enables advanced interactive value-added services and triple-play features in its STB, as well as its remarkable lower power consumption when running full applications. Gehua has solid innovative service plans to use the STi7141′s features to maximize benefits to its subscribers and achieve business growth.

About STMicroelectronics
STMicroelectronics is a global leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications with innovative semiconductor solutions. ST aims to be the undisputed leader in multimedia convergence and power applications leveraging its vast array of technologies, design expertise and combination of intellectual property portfolio, strategic partnerships and manufacturing strength. In 2010, the Company’s net revenues were $10.35 billion. 

About Gehua
Gehua Cable has more than 4M subscribers in Beijing, Business domain in Cable network construction and development, network management and maintenance, TV contents delivery, VoD, Information Service. Leading the Cable Digital conversion and innovative triple play service, acquired a cable network operator in city in Hebei, Gehua cable extended the business to the other area. Gehua Cable is one of the cable operators in China delivering the largest numbers of digital TV program and HD program and achieved number one in cable interactive service in China, beside, Gehua played important role in developing high speed internet data service his subscribers  and to industry customers.

About Changhong
Sichuan Changhong Network Technologies Co, Ltd. is an independent subsidiary of Changhong Group, which is specialized in R&D, marketing and manufacturing of DVB-S (Satellite), DVB-C(Cable), DVB-T(Terrestrial), ISDB,DMB-TH and HDTV digital set-top-box, applied system of the value service of digital TV. Sichuan Changhong Network Technologies Co, Ltd. is the largest STB manufacturer in China, the production capacity of  set-top-box  reaches to 12 million. The company has invested a huge sum of money to build digital TV lab., digital TV HFC experiment net, EMC lab., high accuracy SMT production line. More than 356 engineers specialized in hardware, software, structure, testing and system integration are engaged in researching and developing the concerning products. Its aim is to become one of the strongest suppliers for Digital TV Solution worldwide.

SOURCE: STMicroelectronics

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