STMicroelectronics has released details of its STi8K architecture addressing future SoCs for the Digital Home. Based on the latest ARMv8-A cores, STi8K SoCs will further enhance the available Cannes/STiH3 (FHD/UHD HEVC Client-Box), Monaco/STiH4 (FHD/UHD HEVC Server/Gateways), and Alicante/STiD12 (DOCSIS) product families, providing, in combination with them, a smooth and future-proof industry transition from 32-bit to 64-bit computing.
Optimized for ST’s 28nm Fully Depleted Silicon-On-Insulator (FD-SOI) and smaller-geometry manufacturing processes, the STi8K architecture leverages the increased data throughput, the extended memory addressing, and the reduced power consumption of the latest ARM Cortex-A53 and Cortex-A57 64-bit processor technology, combining high performance and reliability with outstanding energy efficiency to meet end-user and eco-design requirements, such as the US Energy Star and the EU’s EuP (Energy using Products) directive.
ST’s STi8K architecture features industry-unique Faroudja transcoding, managing, for example, 8 HD streams and advanced hardware-assisted networking capabilities, to enable extremely advanced scenarios for distributing multimedia content, as required by tomorrow’s satellite, cable and hybrid home servers and gateways.
The STi8K incorporates the newly defined HDMI 2.0, running at the highest data throughput of 6Gbps per channel, together with the latest HDCP 2.2 (High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection) security and DisplayPort v1.2, to provide the high-speed connectivity to full color and full-frame-rate Ultra HD screens.
ST will host extensive demonstrations of its technologies and SoCs for the Digital Home in a private hotel suite for select customers during the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas . The demos will include DOCSIS Home Gateways and Cable Modems, as well as Full HD and Ultra HD Set Top Boxes demonstrating full interoperability of ST SoCs with all the major providers of HEVC encoders in the marketplace.