Cabot Communications announce single chip IDTV software

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Cabot Communications, the specialist digital TV software supplier, announces that it has developed a single software stack IDTV solution that seamlessly supports both analogue and digital TV broadcasts.

AuroraTV is a complete, platform independent solution which provides full TV control for picture, sound and interactive services. Pause live TV, Picture in Picture (PIP) and Picture and Text (PAT) modes are supported along with integrated teletext and subtitles. Media Browser technology provides continuously expanding audio/video Codecs support, while a full range of connectivity is supplied through flexible input/output controls such as HDMI Scart, USB and PC. Internal and external storage functionality is also available, with DTR functions being dynamically enabled. The system also provides complete flexibility for the integration of silicon or customer specific features, such as picture image enhancements and fully integrated CI stack as well as optional integrated CA modules.

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AuroraTV has been designed to support manufacturers in the transition from analogue to digital services and also includes extensive High Definition support capability as well as the flexibility to scale standard definition User Interfaces (UI) easily. The inclusion of a Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) processing module enables new UI designs to be easily integrated with minimal time and effort, and allows rapid prototyping. The Cabot SVG module has been designed to enable Graphical Designers to use industry standard tools to create high quality, creative UIs. Designers receive documentation, templates and simple PC rendering tools enabling instant test and review of UI updates, effectively freeing up precious engineering resources.

Bob Lamb, Managing Director of Cabot Communications, commented “In order to accommodate the need for both analogue and digital support, many manufacturers are compelled to create IDTV solutions which consist of two different chipsets, one for analogue and one for digital. The outcome is a complex solution which revolves around two different software stacks, each with its own independent, and often incongruous, applications and menu designs. As a result manufacturers are being faced with lengthy integration periods for each stack and ultimately a poor end-user experience with consumers being confused by separate menus and service lists. This is especially difficult for manufacturers wishing to target the mid to high-end portion of the IDTV market.”