Conexant's high-definition television semiconductor system solution for satellite set-top boxes received the Cable and Satellite International magazine's Products of the Year award in the Best HDTV Technology or Project and the Best Silicon Innovation categories. The system solution encompasses a range of advanced technologies, and three new chips including an H.264 decoder, a DVB-S2 demodulator, and a dual-channel satellite tuner. The company's MPEG-2 decoder and an engineering reference design are also a part of the award-winning HDTV integrated platform.
The entries were judged by an independent panel of experts including heads of engineering and operations.
"It is an honor to have our new HDTV solutions selected by a panel of distinguished judges for these prestigious awards," said Jeff Crosb of Conexant. "We employed our systems expertise to develop a complete HDTV solution that integrates new and complex compression and modulation technologies into a single engineering design platform."
Cable and Satellite editor John Moulding commented, "The expansion of HDTV on US satellites and its launch by major European DTH operators this autumn is being made possible by a new generation of set-top boxes that support advanced decoding and especially AVC decoding. Advanced encoding is a genuine business enabler when it comes to HDTV and the market has been waiting for the decoder technology to make it a reality."
Winners in each category were selected based on the level of innovation, usefulness, uniqueness, and deployability.
Conexant's HDTV solution is based on the company's decoder, demodulator, dual-channel satellite tuner, and MPEG-2 decoder. The solution also includes a reference design.
Conexant (acquired by Synaptics) develops semiconductor solutions.