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STMicroelectronics supplies STB chips to NTT Plala

Japanese telco NTT Plala will soon start rolling out new Android-based IPTV set-top boxes to its customers, powered by semiconductor solutions from Geneva-based STMicroelectronics.

The new set-tops have been developed by Japan’s Sumitomo Electric Networks, which has chosen STMicroelectronics’ Orly system-on-chip solution as the high-end SoC best fit for its global middleware platform.

ST’s Orly integrates a dedicated real-time multimedia processor, multi-standard video decoding engines, and high-performance video encoding with support for HD and 3DTV standards.

“By offering new smart IPTV STBs, we enhance user interface operability and deliver triple-tuner functionality,” said Katsumi Nagata, executive director of NTT Plala’s technology and engineering division.

“By supporting Japan’s first cloud game called ‘Hikari TV Game’ and various applications called ‘Hikari TV Apps’, we are offering more convenient smart TV services that perfectly fit the lifestyle of our customers.”

NTT Plala reports that it had reached over 5.5mn subscribers for its broadband and IPTV services by the end of March 2013.

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