That gateway software that SeaChange introduced yesterday ? Not for just theoretical use. Humax is going to use it in a new tru2way hybrid set-top aimed at the North American cable market.
SeaChange's Nucleus Hybrid Gateway software and Nitro applications suite was written to support a mixed environment of QAM- and IP-based video delivery. SeaChange said the software is undergoing "lab testing with a major U.S. cable operator" that is otherwise unidentified.
The Humax gateway handles connectivity with DLNA devices (a feature supported by the SeaChange software), along with IP-connected video devices, including Apple and Android tablets and smartphones and game consoles.
The new Humax box is built around Broadcom's BCM7425 Dual HD Transcoding MoCA 2.0 Gateway system-on-a-chip (SoC). The box also incorporates Broadcom's BCM3128 Full-Band Capture Multi-Receiver chip and BCM3383 DOCSIS 3.0 cable gateway SoC.
The gateway chip enables dual HD decoding and dual transcoding support for streaming simultaneous video broadcast content wirelessly to multiple devices.
The Full-Band Capture SoC directly samples and digitizes the entire 1 GHz downstream spectrum of a cable plant, providing access to any channel anywhere and enabling a more efficient distribution of video streams and IP services to connected devices. The system incorporates eight tuners.
The South Korean box maker hopes to break into the U.S. cable market in a big way with a deluxe gateway with eight tuners, DOCSIS 3.0, and support for DLNA and MoCA.