Semiconductor system company Conexant has reported that its ‘DVB-S2/MPEG-4’ satellite set-top box system has been chosen by Amstrad, a manufacturer of digital STBs, for their new high-definition television satellite receiver.
DVB-S2 and MPEG-4 are industry-standard technologies that allow operators to offer additional HDTV channels and content, including interactive services, using their existing bandwidth and infrastructure. Amstrad’s ‘DRX700i’ STB is based exclusively on Conexant’s semiconductor solutions, and will be deployed by Italian satellite broadcast operator Sky Italia this summer.
Amstrad is using six Conexant chips in the DRX700i receiver, including the
‘CX24182 MPEG-4/H.264’ decoder, which provides greater recording capacity on STB’s with personal video recording capabilities, and increases the number of HDTV channels a broadcaster can transmit.
Additionally, the ‘CX20493 SmartDAA’ and ‘CX86500 V.92 Modem’ enable a digital
communications channel, allowing users to send and receive data across a PSTN via modem, fax, STB or embedded appliances.