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STM Intros Set-Top Chip for Security

STMicroelectronics announced the STi5107, a new MPEG decoder chip for standard-definition TV, which the company said will let set-top makers cut total component costs while providing enhanced security features.

The STi5107 supports security features required by “all major conditional-access” suppliers, with a 200-megahertz embedded ST20 core processor, and is fully compatible with “all mainstream set-top-box middleware,” STM said in its announcement Friday.

"The STi5107 sets a new industry standard for advanced security, mass-market set-top boxes," Monica De Virgiliis, general manager of STM's Home Video Division, said in a prepared statement.

Chip samples are currently available. STM expects volume production to start early in the first quarter of 2007, with per-unit pricing of $6 in quantities of 100,000.