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March 26th, 2012

Renesas Electronics... SoC It To The STBs (SatBroadcasting™—Silicon)

[SatNews] Renesas Electronics has now made available its new...

...system-on-chip (SoC) for high-end set-top boxes (STBs) — the R-Home S1, which supports both worldwide digital TV broadcast reception and Internet content distribution. Renesas positions SoCs for STBs as strategic products in its SoC business and have been aggressively promoting this business. In February 2011, the total shipments of Renesas' STB SoCs reached 100 million units. At the same time, services that integrate communications, broadcasting, and Internet connectivity have been growing worldwide. As a result, the requirements for hybrid STBs that can support these services are increasing. Additionally, there are now calls for the ability to rebroadcast to smart phones and other mobile terminals content received with a STB.

Renesas R-Home S1 SoC addresses these needs by providing significant performance improvements over Renesas' existing STB products by first taking advantage of the broadcast and security technologies developed in earlier TV/STB products, the recording technologies developed in Blu-RayTM/DVD products, and the low-power technologies developed for mobile product. R-Home S1 is the first Renesas STB SoC that takes advantage of the integrated SoC platform (a design platform that unifies critical core technologies from three areas: mobile products; automotive systems; and home multimedia) that Renesas developed after its newly-formed merger in April 2010 which adopted the ARM multicore processors, and Imagination Technologies 3D graphics engine. It also includes a high-definition video transcoder to support smart phones and tablets.