Here's the blurb. I did not see any reference to Micronas, but it did talk about resistance to multipath. IB
Single chip demodulator supports ATSC and cable standards, and integrates OOB tuner for high-end 'cable ready' digital TVs
Geneva, January 6, 2005 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), one of the world's leading suppliers of System-on-Chip (SoC) solutions for digital TV and the largest supplier of silicon chips for set-top boxes*, has introduced a single-chip, fully integrated digital demodulator - the STV0370 - which is designed to be the front-end device in advanced interactive cable-ready digital TV receivers, and in terrestrial and cable set-top boxes (STBs) in the USA.
The new multistandard chip supports ATSC (Advanced Television Systems Committee) standard A/53 Annex D (8VSB2) for use in digital terrestrial receivers, as well as the ITU-T J.83/B (US Cable) specification for cable TV. In addition its support for downstream interactive OOB (Out of Band) QPSK modulation and fully integrated superheterodyne down conversion tuner, which eliminates the need for external OOB tuner circuitry, will allow TV receivers that use the chip to be labeled 'digital cable ready' under FCC (Federal Communications Commission) regulations.
Combining this cost-effective digital demodulator with ST's industry-leading STi7710 STB decoder - a highly-integrated HDTV (High Definition TV) solution which implements HDCP security for its DVI/HDMI display interfaces, and features on-chip AAC audio and a hi-speed USB interface - creates for manufacturers the lowest cost platform available on the market which is able to meet the requirements of multiple high definition (HD) Digital TV standards worldwide.
"The STV0370 is ST market best in class HD demodulator designed for the US HDTV applications, enabling NIM manufacturer and STB makers the ability to cost reduce their system while giving viewers the advanced features they now expect as standard within the new fast growing HD market" said Armando Caltabiano, Retail Multimedia and Satellite Division General Manager. The STV0370 and STi7710 US TV platform is likely to enjoy the same success that the STV0361 plus STi5518 combination have achieved in European DVB-T with current 92 per-cent market share."
The chip is extremely robust against multi-path signals and echoes, offering enhanced indoor and outdoor antenna reception. It supports the CEA Antenna Control Interface Standard (EIA/CEA-909, parts A and B) which allows viewers to use Smart Antenna technology to optimize reception by electronically adjusting the antenna gain, polarization, and beam direction, rather than by physical positional adjustment.
For easy control by system software the STV0370 is managed through a 2-wire I2C interface. Its high level of integration minimizes overall parts and assembly costs for manufacturers; on-chip features include high-performance 10-bit and 8-bit analog to digital converters (ADCs), integrated SRAM for byte interleave processing so that no external memory is required, and dedicated I2C repeaters for tuner control to improve RF performance and increase digital noise immunity.
The new chip is produced using ST's state-of-the-art 90nm process technology, ensuring lower cost through the use of a smaller sized die, and reduced power consumption. It is supplied in a low-cost, small footprint LQFP 128-pin package with exposed paddle, and is available now in sample quantities. Full production of the device, priced at US$8.00 for large volumes, is planned for Q1 2005.
STMicroelectronics is a global leader in developing and delivering semiconductor solutions across the spectrum of microelectronics applications. An unrivalled combination of silicon and system expertise, manufacturing strength, Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio and strategic partners positions the Company at the forefront of System-on-Chip (SoC) technology and its products play a key role in enabling today's convergence markets. The Company's shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange, on Euronext Paris and on the Milan Stock Exchange. In 2003, the Company's net revenues were $7.24 billion and net earnings were $253 million. Further information on ST can be found at www.st.com.
1 IDC Worldwide Digital Set-Top-Box Semiconductor Vendor Shares - November 2004
2 8VSB: 8-level Vestigial Sideband Modulation, the RF modulation format approved by the FCC for the ATSC HDTV digital television standard.