STMicroelectronics has announced its Cannes WiFi (STiH390) SoC, targeting HD HEVC WiFi IP client and interactive STB markets. Addressing the need for economical high-quality HD video within the whole home, ST has joined forces with Quantenna to create the STiH390. The chipset integrates Quantenna's proven WiFi 802.11 IP with ST's next-gen HD HEVC SoC to push down cost without compromising on performance.
Customers expect to get flawless experiences at home when watching their favorite TV content on smartphones, tablets, and set-top-boxes using their wireless networks. Coverage limitations create frustration and restrict the potential for services provided over WiFi, leading Multiple Service Operators (MSO) to look for cost-effective and flexible solutions that are easy to install and enable uncompromised multi-room multimedia services.
"We expect this breakthrough solution to become a reference HD video-over-WiFi solution that advances large-scale deployment of powerful and affordable WiFi IP clients," said Philippe Notton, Group Vice President and General Manager of STMicroelectronics Consumer Product Division. "With the Cannes WiFi SoC, we have optimised the integration of Quantenna's WiFi 802.11 IP for both cost and speed and we've validated and confirmed its exceptional performance on new and existing video-distribution use cases to fully leverage the latest WiFi 802.11 ac features."
"We are delighted to see ST be first to market with a STB SoC integrating 4x4 11ac WiFi. This is the first ST product to include Quantenna's digital baseband IP enabling the next level of silicon integration that customers want," said Lionel Bonnot, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Quantenna. "This baseband supports 4x4 802.11ac/11n wave2, delivering state-of-the-art WiFi performance and robustness required for reliable video delivery inside the home."
The Cannes WiFi's compatibility with ST's Cannes SoC family enables OEMs to leverage the existing large ecosystem to easily design innovative client boxes on multiple middleware products.
Currently sampling to lead customers, the Cannes Wi-Fi/STiH390 will be demonstrated in ST's private demo suite at IBC 2015.