STMicroelectronics has achieved EuroDOCSIS 2.0 certification for its production-ready reference design for cable set-top boxes using the company’s STi7141 system-on-a-chip. By achieving this single-chip mandatory certification for cable high-definition (HD) set-tops supporting Internet connection, ST has moved to shorten time-to-market for set-top vendors.

The STi7141 chip, launched in January 2009, allows ST to integrate a DOCSIS cable modem and HDTV MPEG4 decoder, creating a single chip supporting HDTV, interactive services, broadband Internet and Digital Video Recorder (DVR) functions.

"We welcome this achievement, as we believe it is an important step forward in helping us provide a very efficient, highly integrated interactive next-generation cable platform," said Francois Pogodalla, CEO at Advanced Digital Broadcast, in a statement. "This is why we have been collaborating with ST for some time to integrate the STi7141 into our product roadmap, supporting various configurations such as MHP (Multimedia Home Platform) and OpenTV."

"Beyond its early contributions to the specification of the STi7141, Thomson has developed an in-depth knowledge of the new device, has completed the set-top box development and certification processes, has achieved EuroDOCSIS qualification, and will now start shipping to pilot cable MSOs as early as Q1 2010," said Georges Laplanche, SVP, Connect Division at Thomson, in a statement. "This powerful dual-processor SoC enables advanced interactive services thanks to the integrated channel-bonding DOCSIS modem and a remarkably low power consumption."

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