STM provides SoC for new MultiChoice STBs

South Africa’s leading pay-TV operator, MultiChoice, has tied up with STMicroelectronics, a global supplier of System-on-Chip (SoC) ICs for set-top boxes, to power the latest generation of its HD, non-PVR STBs.

The new STBS are still in development, and will use the STiH237 SoC which features a DVB-S2 demodulator, high-performance ST40 processing core with interface to low-cost DDR3 memory, video decoder, and HDMI1.4, USB2.0 and Ethernet connectivity. MultiChoice is also using an advanced CAS security scheme and middleware in its new STBs, leveraging the STiH237’s broad ecosystem that supports a wide range of third-party security and software technologies.

“The STiH237 SoC is clearly the right choice for our latest generation of STBs,” said Gerdus van Eeden, CEO of Broadcast Technology at MultiChoice. “ST offered a chipset with the right power, versatility and features to meet our market needs. It was also offered at a price that made the important transition from SD MPEG 2 to HD MPEG 4 on our DTH zappers affordable to our business.”