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Sigma Designs Launches First Studio-Grade Set Top Box SoC
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January 07, 2011

Sigma Designs Launches First Studio-Grade Set Top Box SoC

By Kunal Vahalia, TMCnet Contributor


Sigma Designs says it has set a new bar for advanced multimedia players, IPTV (News - Alert) set top boxes and Blu-ray players with the introduction of its new SMP8910 media processor. This processor is the first chip that has introduced high quality video processing features and the most flexible 3D video processing.


The SMP8910 can produce more than 6,000 DMIPS with the help of its dual core 1000K MIPS CPU. This helps it to achieve a high performance output. The high end architecture is well distributed to support a task optimized CPU which can manage the key processes such as HD multi format video decoding, content protection, 3D graphics rendering and multi-format audio decoding and encoding.

The highly optimized architecture leaves more than 3,000 DMIPS of processing power to smoothly run middleware as well as STB settings.

The company said the VXP de facto standard for studio and professional level vie processing has now been included in the chip. The VXP technology creates a rich and studio grade viewing experience which proves its worth in applications demanding more processing power such as AV receivers and processors, digital cinema processors and eliminating noise and video compression effects.

The SMP8910 includes two new VXP features which are adaptive debanding and de-ghosting. De-ghosting reduces the ghosting effects present on majority of the 3DTVs by preprocessing the 3D video before powering the 3DTV. This results in a smoother and stress-free viewing experience.

Adaptive de-banding reduces effects such as color contouring which are normally seen as color bands instead of smooth shading. This results in a more pleasing picture quality without loss of any detail. 

The SMP8910 is the best choice for OEMS that look forward to build 3DTV enabled, advance media players for Blu-Ray players. There is support for H.264 multi view codec decoding. The processor also has full HD resolution for 3D video per eye. The processor can support the decoding and conversion of other formats such as Sensio, TDVision and RealD.

TMC had also posted an article about Sigma Designs (News - Alert) when SmartTrends found an uptrend of buying the shares of the company.


Kunal Vahalia is a TMCnet freelancer. He has several years of freelance writing experience, including a stint working for drugdelivery.ca as an SEO content writer. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

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