STMicroelectronics to power Fastway’s HD cable services

V&D Bureau
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Semi-conductor and electronics maker STMicroelectronics has bagged an order from Cable MSO Fastway to supply STiH273 (Palma) HD cable chipsets.


This solution will allow Fastway’s customers to experience high-quality HD content and access wide-ranging Value Added Services (VAS), including banner advertisements, interactive TV shopping, and education services, a statement said.

The key features of STiH273 include 1300DMIPs application CPU,  Integrated 256kB L2 cache, which increases CPU performance like HTML5 browser, rich user interfaces, HD Picture-in-Picture, and PVR; Integrated digital video broadcast (DVB-C) demodulator,  16-Bit DDR3 SDRAM support, integrated ePhy.

In addition, the chipset enables set-top-box manufacturers to use lower-cost memories and minimize system power consumption.

The chipset has been manufactured using 40nm process technology and is integrated with on-chip features that simplify set-top box design, including offering the possibility of a 2-layer pc-board design.


“Our new high-definition digital set-top boxes benefit from ST’s feature-packed and flexible system-on-chip ICs and provide an ideal platform for us to deliver innovative value-added services like interactive education services, multi-genre digital music service, restaurants and events search guide, and games to our customers,” said Gurdeep Singh, managing director, Fastway Digital TV services.

He also added, “With strong local support and cooperation from ST, we are well placed to drive digital migration and bring high-quality TV solutions to our customers.”

“STiH273 is clearly the right choice for our latest generation of set-top boxes. ST has helped us create a customized solution optimized for India that helps us enhance customer satisfaction and sustain our leadership edge in our areas of operation,” said Peeush Mahajan, CEO, Fastway.

India has one of the world’s largest broadcasting industries reaching close to 161 mn households. The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has estimated that for its digitization drive, operators will need to supply more than 100 mn set-top boxes (STBs) in Phases III and IV.