Sigma Designs® (Nasdaq: SIGM), a leading provider of System-on-Chip (SoC) solutions for home entertainment, control, connectivity and converging multimedia delivery, is to launch its new chipset SMP8734 at IBC 2013 in Amsterdam (13-17 September 2013). Combining a high performance ARM A9 CPU with an Imagination SGX GPU, the SMP8734 will enable a new level of user experience with minimal extra cost.
Sigma Designs, a leader in connected platforms, will provide the ARM processor based chipset as a market-ready solution for both hybrid IPTV middleware platforms and Android STB (set top box) platforms. The Sigma Designs SMP8734 makes use of ARM processor technology to deliver higher processing power and a highly monetizable product for service providers.
Mustafa Ozgen, vice president and general manager Home Multimedia for Sigma Designs, said: “As we enter the ‘convergence generation’ of IPTV set top boxes that feature increasing levels of broadband access, hybrid broadcast support and advanced 3D graphics applications, the ability to deliver premium video experience is paramount. This requires more sophisticated software running on a much higher performance hardware engine. This is exactly what the new SMP8734 delivers.
On show for the first time at IBC this month, the Sigma SMP8734 has a wealth of features which make it the ideal chip for OEMs (original equipment manufacturers), STB manufacturers and service providers. The dual-core ARM A9 CPU and 6000 DMIPS of application processing along with an SGX-544 GPU combine to provide a dramatic performance profile for new 3D user interfaces, over-the-top and casual gaming applications. Incorporating Sigma’s industry-proven technologies such as secure media processing, multi-format Full-HD video decoding, VXP™ display processing, and field-proven AV software core, the SMP8734 is able to provide premium quality video experience.
The chipset also demonstrates wide-ranging ecosystem compatibility, leveraging the widely supported ARM processing core, OpenGL ES, HTML-5 and others to ensure that a broad range of existing applications will run. It includes a wide range of hardware and software extensions to support the creation of complete system solutions; including global tuner/demodulator standards, wired and wireless network controllers, DTV middleware stacks and industry-leading IPTV middleware ports, such as Wyplay, OpenTV and Mediaroom.
The SMP8734 comes with a full Software Suite, including libraries and services packaged under both Linux and Android development kits for rapid development. It incorporates managed power consumption, developed for both US and European regulatory compliance and is developed to a minimal R-BOM to allow smaller footprint and lower cost implementations.