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STMicroelectronics supplies cable modem chip to Chinese op

Fri, 10/21/2011 - 1:43pm
Mike Robuck

Beijing Gehua Cable Television Network, a cable TV operator in Beijing, China, has selected STMicroelectronics’ integrated HD cable modem chip for deployment in set-top boxes to all of its subscribers.

ST said Beijing Gehua's customers would 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 MPEG-4/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 built-in Ethernet and also supports DOCSIS 3.0 channel bonding to enable high-speed broadband download, as well as HDMI and USB.

"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 of the Connected Home Division, Home Entertainment and Displays Group at 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."

Gehua Cable has more than 4 million subscribers in Beijing.

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