IPTV set-top box solutions from Sigma Designs

By: Sigma Designs  09-12-2011
Keywords: Home Security, service providers, energy management

With over 9 years of IPTV experience, we are the leading media processor supplier for high-definition Linux, Android™, and Microsoft® Mediaroom™ IPTV set-top boxes. Instrumental in enabling the first Microsoft® Mediaroom™ set-top boxes to market, our media processors power the sophisticated on-screen guide and advanced features such as Digital Video Recorder (DVR), Video On Demand (VOD), lightning-fast channel change, ability to watch up to six channels at one time, sharing of photos and videos, and streaming music to the TV.

A new deployment architecture is also emerging. Currently, each TV in the home uses an IPTV set-top box. However, deployment costs can be substantially reduced by using a gateway and multiple low-cost thin clients. Each thin client controls one video source in the gateway or accesses recorded content. The selected live or recorded program is then sent to the thin client over the home AV network.

Our family of architecture-compatible Secure Media Processors, SDKs, and wide variety of reference designs enable fast development of an IPTV gateway, set-top box, set-back box (mounts behind the HDTV), or thin client with a wide variety of feature options:

  • Support for over-the-air (OTA) and satellite reception (hybrid IPTV).
  • Integrated for Z-Wave® enabled home automation, home security monitoring, and home energy management products. This enables service providers to offer additional premium services, such as home security monitoring, for the home.
  • 802.11n, , , , or MoCA® v1.1 home AV networking.
  • Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA®) support enables consumers to locate and enjoy content anywhere on their home AV network and effortlessly move or stream this content between DLNA-connected devices.
  • 3D graphics, enabling dynamic and customizable user interfaces by supporting the flipping, rotating, warping, and moving of images.
  • to improve HD video quality and offer highest-quality SD video upscaling.

SMP8910 Secure Media Processor™

The SMP8910 with integrated studio-quality VXP® video processing provides a highly-integrated, high-performance, cost-effective solution for IPTV gateways.

SMP8670 Secure Media Processor™

The SMP8670 provides a highly-integrated, high-performance, low-cost solution for IPTV set-top boxes, hybrid IPTV set-top boxes, and IPTV thin clients.

SMP8656 Secure Media Processor™

The SMP8656 provides a highly-integrated, high-performance, cost-effective solution for IPTV set-top boxes, hybrid IPTV set-top boxes, and IPTV thin clients, supporting high-performance 3D graphics and NDS and Nagravision conditional access.

HomePNA® Modem for MDU Endpoints

The CG3310M is a single-chip HomePNA® solution for MDU Endpoints, supporting high data rates, multi-band operation, advanced synchronous MAC, and best of breed QoS.

HomePNA® Modem for Home AV Networks

The third-generation CG3210 Chipset is the ideal solution for implementing HomePNA® v3.1 home AV networking - video, audio, data, and voice - over existing in-home phone wires or coax cables.

SD3402 Z-Wave® Wireless Controller

The SD3402 is ideal for easily adding Z-Wave® RF remote control and home control to IPTV gateways, IPTV set-top boxes, hybrid IPTV set-top boxes, and IPTV thin clients. Integration of the SD3402 enables IPTV service providers to offer additional home security monitoring and home energy management services.

SMP8654 Secure Media Processor™

The SMP8654 provides a highly-integrated, high-performance, cost-effective solution for IPTV set-top boxes, hybrid IPTV set-top boxes, and IPTV thin clients.

SMP8652 Secure Media Processor™

The SMP8652 provides a highly-integrated, high-performance, low-cost solution for IPTV set-top boxes, hybrid IPTV set-top boxes, and IPTV thin clients.

SMP8644 Secure Media Processor™

The SMP8644 provides a highly-integrated, high-performance, cost-effective solution for IPTV gateways.

SMP8634 Secure Media Processor™

The SMP8634 provides a highly-integrated solution for IPTV set-top boxes, Blu-ray players, media players, etc.

Our development kits and reference designs enable the rapid development of an IPTV set-top box, gateway, or thin client with a wide variety of feature options, or choose a production model from one of our ODM partners.

SMP8670 HomePlug® AV Set-top Box Development Kit

The HPAV 8670/2110 development kit enables the rapid development of a Linux or Android™ set-top box or thin client that uses HomePlug® AV with ClearPath™ technology for the network connection.

SMP8670 Development Kit

The Vantage 8670 development kit enables the rapid development of an IPTV set-top box, IPTV hybrid set-top box, or IPTV thin client.

SMP8652HI HomePlug® AV Set-top Box Development Kit

The HPAV 8652HI/2110 development kit enables the rapid development of a Mediaroom™ set-top box or thin client that uses HomePlug® AV with ClearPath™ technology for the network connection.

SMP8652 IPTV Set-top Box Development Kit

The IPTV-8652 development kit enables the rapid development of an IPTV set-top box or thin client that can also support an ATSC, DVB-T, or ISDB-T tuner.

SMP8654 IPTV Set-top Box Development Kit

The IPTV-8654 development kit enables the rapid development of an IPTV set-top box or thin client.

SMP8656 Development Kit

The Vantage 8656 development kit enables the rapid development of IPTV set-top boxes, hybrid IPTV set-top boxes, and IPTV thin clients, supporting high-performance 3D graphics and NDS and Nagravision conditional access.

SMP8654 Development Kit

The Vantage 8654 development kit enables the rapid development of IPTV set-top boxes, hybrid IPTV set-top boxes, and IPTV thin clients.

SMP8652 Development Kit

The Vantage 8652 development kit enables the rapid development of IPTV set-top boxes, hybrid IPTV set-top boxes, and IPTV thin clients.

SMP8644 Development Kit

The Vantage 8644 development kit enables the rapid development of an IPTV gateway.

We provide solutions based on Linux, Android™, and WinCE.


Linux

We offer a robust IPTV set-top box software stack that is designed to quickly and easily enable our customers to add additional features.



Typical IPTV Set-top Box Linux SDK

Android™

Android™ from Google delivers a complete set of software: Linux operating system, middleware, and key applications. It is open source so it can be extended by third parties to incorporate emerging cutting edge technologies. The Google Android™ SDK includes all source code and provides the tools and APIs necessary to begin developing applications.



Typical Android™ SDK

Git and Repo are used to manage the workflow. Git is an open-source version-control system, and is used for local operations such as local branching, commits, diffs, and edits. Repo is used to help manage the many Git repositories, does the uploads to the revision control system, and automates parts of the Android™ development workflow.

The MIPS-Android-Sigma private project contains public code, SMP86xx Android™ source code, precompiled MRUA, DCC-HD, and DirectFB code, and sample applications. Developers can rebuild an Android™ image for our platform and test it, but they do not have access to our proprietary MRUA, DCC-HD, and DirectFB APIs. Thus, Android™ audio/video playback using MRUA is not supported; only MRUA audio/video playback alongside of (but independent of) Android™. Please contact your local sales representative for access.

Sigma Designs' Git Site

To incorporate full MRUA, DCC-HD, and DirectFB support into an Android-based design, we use our own Git server for distributing our proprietary MRUA, DCC-HD, and DirectFB APIs. Please contact your local sales representative for access.

Software Partners

Sigma Designs is working with the following software companies to provide a more complete solution for our IPTV products.


   
   
   
    Adobe® Flash® enables OEMs and service providers to differentiate their devices via customized applications and user interfaces, a more complete web experience, the delivery of high-definition content, and rich applications for Internet-connected devices.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

3D Video Partners

Sigma Designs is working with the following 3D Video companies to provide a more complete solution for our IPTV products.


   
    SENSIO Technologies develops and markets Stereoscopic 3D digital compression, decompression, and display formatting technologies. Its solutions are deployed on a global scale by content creators, game developers, broadcasters, specialty channels, and digital cinemas. Its flagship technology, SENSIO® 3D, allows the high-quality distribution of 3D content through conventional existing 2D broadcast networks (cable, satellite, IPTV, etc.).
   

Over-The-Top (OTT) Partners

Sigma Designs is working with the following Over-The-Top (OTT) companies to provide a more complete solution for our IPTV products.


Content Protection Partners

Sigma Designs is working with the following content protection companies to provide a more complete solution for our IPTV products.


   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Industry Associations

Sigma Designs is an active member in many standards organizations and industry associations to enable our IPTV solutions to quickly support new features and standards.


   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
    Founded in 2000, the HomePlug® Powerline Alliance is an industry-led initiative with more than 70 member companies that creates specifications and certification logo programs for using the powerlines for reliable home networking and Smart Grid applications.
    HomePNA® is an incorporated, non-profit association of industry-leading companies working together to create, promote, and certify multimedia home networking technology that operates over existing coax cables and phone wires.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Keywords: energy management, Home Security, service providers, Set-top Boxes, User Interfaces, Video Processing,

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