Chip vendor STMicroelectronics and SoftAtHome have co-developed a client/server solution for multiscreen digital services that will allow service providers to reach extra screens in subscribers’ homes via a single, managed connection.
The new solution, based on ST’s STiH205 set-top chip and SoftAtHome’s software platform for customer premises equipment, allows an entry-level client such as a mini-box or HDMI dongle connected to a secondary television or PC to receive operator services via the main home gateway.
“This client/server solution answers the need for cost-effective, high-performance connectivity between the main home digital gateway and secondary client devices,” said Laurent Remont, Group VP Digital Convergence Group and General Manager Unified Platform Division, STMicroelectronics.
“This approach, combining ST’s set-top box SoCs with SoftAtHome’s software platform, gives operators greater control over service delivery and quality while helping retain customers and build revenue, and will allow subscribers to connect more screens throughout the home using low-cost devices such as mini-boxes and dongles.”
STMicroelectronics confirmed last week that its chip-making joint venture with Ericsson is being wound down, with Ericsson keeping the LTE assets and ST taking the rest – more details here.