ST unveils 65nm-based HDTV decoder chip

January 8, 2007 – STMicroelectronics has announced a dual-video-stream high-definition decoder chip for use in set-top boxes, digital video recorders (DVRs), and DVD players, claiming it is the first such chip to be built using 65nm process technologies.

The STi7200 dual AVC and VC-1 decoder can simultaneously decode two high-definition video streams, and doubles the decoding capability of its predecessor. Twin outputs allow viewers to watch HD material on two TV sets — one channel in high definition, and the other downscaled on-chip to standard definition.

“By doubling the decoding capability of our leading-edge STB and DVD chip, adding new interfaces, and then producing it in 65nm technology, ST is providing manufacturers with the most cost-effective HD building block, which can be used across a range of hi-end consumer multimedia products,” stated Monica de Virgiliis, GM of ST’s home video division.


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