Monday, April 14, 2008

Sigma Introduces its Latest IPTV Media Processor

Sigma Designs has begun sampling its new SMP8654 media processor SoC, designed for next gen IPTV set-top boxes. The new design, which provides a 50% improvement in performance along with lower overall system costs, integrates multiple on-chip CPUs.
From a media processing standpoint, it offers a full complement of advanced decoder engines with high definition video decoding, including of H.264 (MPEG-4 part 10), Windows Media Video 9, VC-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 (part 2), and the new AVS standard. High-performance graphics acceleration, multi-standard audio decoding, advanced display processing capabilities, and HDMI 1.3 output round out its multimedia core.

The new chip also features content security through a dedicated secure processor, on-chip flash memory, and a range of digital rights management (DRM) engines for high-speed payload decryption. It also features a full complement of system peripherals, including a dual Gigabit Ethernet controller, dual USB 2.0 controller, NAND flash controller, IR controller, and SATA controller.