Multi-format high definition set top box SoC

September 28, 2011 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Cavium has announced the Celestial™ CNC1800L multi-format, high definition Set Top Box System-on-a-Chip (SoC) processor is sampling to customers for Over the Top (OTT), IPTV, and Digital Cable Set Top Box applications.

The Celestial CNC1800L optimized for OTT, managed IPTV and Cable TV networks, combines multi-standard video decoders supporting both legacy MPEG-2 and highly compressed H.264 video and multimedia content. These features ensure compatibility with existing and future network deployments and access to streaming internet video and services. The high performance multi-channel audio decoder and post processor in the CNC1800L SoC provides consumers with a cinema quality audio experience. An advanced security and digital rights management engine enables protected content from the internet or over managed cable networks to be securely decrypted, viewed, stored or time-shifted.

The 1800L also includes an ARM CPU and sophisticated 2D graphics capable of running industry standard middleware and open source environments, such as iPanel and Android. Additional features include content storage and processing for recording of live broadcasts and creation of media libraries.

The Cavium Celestial CNC1800 family of processors is optimized for set-top boxes using high definition video broadcast formats. Advanced features enabling highly differentiated products in cost sensitive markets include H.264 and High Definition Motion JPEG video encoder. These features allow recording and time-shifting of analog broadcasts, video chat, video conferencing and video transcoding. Integration of advanced picture processing, scaling, de-interlacing and noise reduction technology ensures consumers receive the best possible picture even when content is delivered at a low-bit rate and at a low video resolution.

Additionally, all members of the Celestial CNC1800 product family include Cavium's WiVu™ wireless video distribution technology. This market leading feature enables Set Top Box products to receive and stream video from a variety of mobile devices and consumer appliances such as smart phones, tablets, laptop and desktop PCs.

The Celestial CNC1800 family uses high performance ARM CPUs with memory management units supporting DDR2 and DDR3 DRAM, programmable multi-stream transport de-multiplexers and digital content recording engines. The Celestial CNC1800 family also supports conditional access standards, including Nagravision and the digital rights management technology required for OTT video applications