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January 07, 2014

Sigma's SMP8756: A New ARM-Based Chipset Family with HEVC

In order to save  bandwidth and improve video quality, Sigma Designs (News - Alert), a provider of System-on-Chip (SoC) solutions for home entertainment, control, connectivity and converging multimedia delivery has introduced its new High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC)-capable SMP8750 family at CES (News - Alert) 2014 in Las Vegas, NV (January 7-10, 2014).

Electronic home product manufacturers, electronic service providers are converging to drive the demand for lower-cost ideal chip that could deploy new HEVC services and get benefit from bandwidth savings and video quality.

The SMP8756 family includes the HEVC compression standard with a high performance ARM (News - Alert) Cortex A9 CPU with an ARM Mali 400 GPU, with a unique combination of performance, user experience and video quality.

The Sigma SMP8756 will be first shown at CES 2014. The series SoCs supports HEVC's Main-10 profile allowing processing of up to 10 bit color samples accepted as the standard for 4Kx2K, OTT (over the top) and IPTV (News - Alert) content.

The SMP8750 family will support FHD and 4kx2k resolutions.

Mustafa Ozgen, vice president and general manager Home Multimedia for Sigma Designs, said in a statement, "Sigma has a heritage of incorporating cutting edge CODECs and with the new 8756 family ushers in Sigma's support for HEVC. We developed our HEVC core to scale from FHD to 4k for the entire family of SoCs. The SMP8756 is specifically designed to bring HEVC into client and multi-room DVR set top boxes at an affordable cost."

The SMP8750 family demonstrates wide-ranging ecosystem compatibility, leveraging the widely supported ARM processing core, OpenGL ES, HTML-5 and others. It can be migrated to robust STB SoC components like broadcast TS processing, OTP and security infrastructure paired with an ARM A9 CPU and Mali GPU.

The SMP8756 comes with a full Software Suite, including libraries and services packaged under both Linux and Android (News - Alert) development kits.

Edited by Ryan Sartor

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