) and Quantenna Communications, Inc. have come together to reveal
a reference design for Wi-Fi set-top boxes (STBs) to enhance
multi-room Digital Video Recorder (DVR) services.
A multi-room DVR solution allows a subscriber to watch, record
and delete their DVR programs from any room within the home.
As per the agreement, STMicroelectronics' STiH207 system on
chip (SoC) will be combined with Quantenna`s QHS710 4x4 MIMO
(multiple-input and multiple-output) chipset to produce
cost-efficient and improved video quality reference design for
Wi-Fi set-top boxes. This new Wi-Fi set-top box would allow for
greater flexibility, video quality and also save money.
A Wi-Fi network is immensely important today because it
enables wireless exchange of data with other electronic devices.
The new reference design will improve customer experience by
offering them the flexibility to set up or move TVs anywhere
inside their homes without rewiring connections.
According to the Multimedia Research Group, the Wi-Fi chipset
market will continue to expand steadily as new connection
paradigms, downward pressure on chipset prices and steady growth
in Wi-Fi networks support the market. Also, Infonetics Research
expects the global STB market to grow to $16.6 billion in 2016.
STMicro is therefore likely to be one of the beneficiaries of
With the ever-growing demand for Wi-Fi connectivity, there is
increasing reliance on wireless networks. The new Wi-Fi set-top
box will enable users to stream digital content fasterand
simultaneously connect more TVs without any hassles.
STMicroelectronics is well positioned in the fast-growing
wired and wireless communications markets and is one of the
pioneers in the field of semiconductor solutions for digital set
top boxes. The company provides cutting-edge solutions and
complete chipset systems for advanced digital set-top boxes and
digital TVs. In the third quarter of fiscal 2012, the company's
total revenue of $2.16 billion was up sequentially, with the
Wireless segment making good progress.
STMicroelectronics carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell), as does its
Infineon Technologies AG
). However, you may want to take a look at
NXP Semiconductors NV
), which carries a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).
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