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Sigma Designs’ chips pull in HPNA

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 2:24pm
Brian Santo

Sigma Designs has introduced a pair of media processors that integrate HPNA connectivity for IPTV and hybrid set-top boxes.

Both media processors feature 3-D video, integrated graphics processing, video scaling, DDR3 memory support, a customizable UI and a power-efficient CPU that can deliver over-the-top (OTT) content.

The new SMP8680 and SMP8682 migrate to a new software SDK4.0, which includes a new porting layer called SAPI (Sigma API) that the company said enables fast time to market porting of hybrid STB middleware.

Along with the improved software, Sigma Designs’ proprietary application frameworks for developing WebKit-HTML5 applications or Adobe Air applications and several silicon reference implementations of OTT applications, like Netflix and Vudu, will be offered, the company said.

The intent is to reduce development time for OEMs and ODMs. The SMP8680 includes an HDMI input port to receive and process HD video content, enabling applications such as HD Skype and HD pass through.

The SMP8680 and SMP8682 will be in mass production by December.

“The demand for HPNA is strong in emerging markets, both with multi-room STBs and MDU deployments for broadband distribution,” said Waheed Rasheed, Sigma Designs’ vice president of product marketing for media processors. “Our strategy to incorporate integrated HPNA in our secure media processor product line offers connectivity at a reduced cost, a smaller footprint and with lower power consumption. The SMP8680 and SMP8682 also maintain software backwards compatibility with the SMP8670 and the SMP8652, easing the migration path for STB OEMs and ODMs.”

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