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DEN Networks selects STMicroelectronics to help grow sub base

STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and a top supplier of System-on-Chip (SoC) ICs for set-top boxes and home gateways, today announced that its STiH273 (Palma) HD cable chipset has been selected by DEN Networks, a leading Indian Cable MSO (multi-system operator) with over 6 million subscribers. The ST technology inside DEN’s newest HD zapper delivers an even better user experience and helps broaden market access to HD zappers and enable DEN to win more subscribers and grow its own revenues.

The STiH273 (Palma) integrates a field-proven and widely deployed Digital Video Broadcast-Cable (DVB-C) demodulator that has been optimized to work with high-performance external Controller Area Networks (CANs) and silicon tuners to meet the stringent RF-performance requirements of the Indian Cable networks. The STiH273 (Palma) also delivers high-quality Faroudja® video, 3DTV support, connectivity, and advanced security schemes with all the latest Conditional Access System (CAS) support, including NSK2.

Manufactured in 40nm process technology, the chipset supports an enhanced processing engine with integrated on-chip features that simplify set-top box design, enable operators to take advantage of lower-cost memories, and minimize system power consumption.

“Our new high-definition digital set-top boxes leverage STMicroelectronics’ feature-packed and flexible System-on-Chip ICs, providing an ideal platform for us to deliver innovative value-added services to our customers,” says Mr. MG Azhar, COO, DEN Networks. “The STiH273 SoC is clearly the right choice for our latest generation of set-top boxes with the right power, versatility, and features to meet our market needs. We are confident that the chipset will help us in creating both enhanced customer satisfaction and sustaining our leadership edge in India.”

During 2014, India is expected to complete its TV digitization plan, as defined by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). As a result, TV subscribers will purchase an additional 75 million set-top boxes (STBs) during 2014 alone, according to the predictions by the Government of India. ST’s comprehensive and complete solutions, designed for fast time-to-market, enable service providers to bring out the best and most affordable digital set-top box solutions to their subscribers.

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