Humaxm and Entropic develop IP-based set-top box
Jan 10, 2013 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) --
Humax, a set-top box manufacturer, and Entropic Communications, a provider of semiconductor solutions, have developed an IP-based set-top box based on hardware and software specifications developed by Comcast.
The Humax client device enables cable subscribers to view IP-based video services at any TV in the home. The Humax client solution is powered by Entropic's TSC188 CPU, a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 solution bundled with Entropic's Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) silicon and software to provide whole-home network connectivity.
The Humax device features both NTSC and HDMI outputs enabling it to connect to a TV or other external media device. The Humax unit, which passed FCC certification, will function as a video client to multi-tuner gateway servers. The compact Humax device includes recording functionality. The DVR feature works in conjunction with the multi-tuner hybrid gateway server and the on-board SD Card lets the IP set-top-box stream and play back programming using the MoCA specification.
The Humax device provides NTSC and HDMI outputs, as well as MoCA, ethernet and HDMI inputs. It also includes a USB port, which can be used to connect to a USB storage device.
"We worked with Entropic and Comcast to provide another way to deliver more media-rich, IP-based services and content to subscribers," said Albert Son, president of Humax Americas. "Our global development performances, time-to-market track records along with RDK empowers this new generation of content delivery through the gateway/client model."
Development for the new Humax client solution leverages Comcast's RDK. The RDK provides a framework to enable device manufacturers to develop, optimize and deploy new broadcast and IP-based solutions.
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