Aston's New Maya HD Satellite Receiver Uses High-Performance Set-Top Box Technology From STMicroelectronics

Wed Jan 30, 2013 3:41am EST

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  MOSCOW, Jan 30 (Marketwire) -- 
During the CSTB 2013 show in Moscow, Aston is showcasing the first
prototype of its Maya HD PVR satellite receiver built around the
latest-generation HD H.264 STiH237 (Cardiff) decoder chipset from
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global leader serving customers across
the spectrum of electronics applications and a top global supplier of
set-top box (STB) ICs. The Maya HD receiver offers a cost-effective
solution that meets Aston's exacting quality standards. The platform is
compliant with all off-the-shelf conditional access systems, including
Viaccess and Conax. 

    Reflecting most challenging quality standards
 Drawing on 25 years'
experience in satellite receivers and leveraging the optimized design
developed by STMicroelectronics, the new platform from Aston integrates
the highest quality standards in terms of technical specifications and
choice of components. High-quality hardware design, combined with Aston's
deep software-development expertise, offers customers the fluidity and
reliability they have come to expect from the brand. 

    "Aston's new Maya HD receiver is strong evidence of the performance,
advanced level of integration, and reliability of our STiH237 (Cardiff)
chipset, to both teams' design expertise and our joint commitment to
quickly develop a technologically sophisticated receiver," said Mustapha
Bouraoui, Vice-President Marketing & Applications EMEA at
STMicroelectronics. "As a company with a long history of collaboration in
its DNA, ST is pleased with its cooperative efforts and achievement with
Aston."

    Cost-effective solution
 The Maya HD features an optimized design that
delivers exceptional value for money. All mechanical and electronic
components have been totally optimized through a unique approach that
makes no concessions on quality and reliability. 

    Sleek, elegant design
 In keeping with Aston's reputation for exclusive
trend-setting industrial design, the innovative, compact and
exceptionally sleek Maya HD device sets new standards in the
satellite-receiver market.

    At the heart of the Maya HD, the STiH237 decoder is manufactured in ST's
low-power system-on-chip process technology that enables the integration
of a high-performance satellite receiver and all of the features to
support personal video recording and Over-the-Top video services. The
STiH237 supports the full range of HD broadcast and multimedia codecs,
hybrid and IP standards, the latest security and content protection
standards, and important middleware stacks from the leading providers. 

    Meeting the latest low-power objectives, ST's decoder also delivers
outstanding "green" features such as the latest generation of
energy-efficient Ethernet and a 0.5W stand-by mode with fast-resume
capability.

    Aston's new line of satellite receivers, built on ST's HD set-top box
decoder technology, offers alternative innovative and exceptionally
robust solutions with proven capabilities for the fast-expanding markets
of Russia, CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries and Eastern
Europe, where cost-effectiveness is a winning factor. The Maya HD product
line reflects Aston's commitment to growing its presence in the global
satellite receiver market.

    The close collaboration between Aston and STMicroelectronics, which
enabled the development of the latest-generation platform in less than
three months, illustrates Aston's ability to combine technological
prowess with cost-effectiveness without compromising on reliability or
market differentiation. This will result in the rollout of an entirely
new range of high-definition satellite receivers by summer 2013,
underscoring Aston's goal of expanding its international footprint and
developing innovative product design methods to better meet target-market
expectations. 

    "Aston leveraged its long-standing partnership with STMicroelectronics to
cooperatively develop an innovative new platform for widespread
deployment in record time. STMicroelectronics has successfully integrated
our exacting technology standards and tailored its solution to meet our
needs. We are extremely satisfied with the outcome of this
collaboration," said Stephane Nitenberg, CEO of Aston.

    About ASTON
 Active in the global digital TV marketplace for over 20
years, ASTON designs, develops and manufactures reception solutions for
digital satellite and terrestrial TV, as well as for the new connected
value-added services. As an industrial player, the company controls the
entire production chain, from product creation and development to
marketing. Innovation and technology have always been at the core of the
company's strategy. As such, ASTON works with key partners to develop
platforms with VOD functionalities, Catch-Up Television, Connected
Television, and even HbbTV and Android applications. ASTON also develops
multi-room and multi-screen solutions. For more information visit
www.aston-france.com or follow us on Twitter @AstonFrance.

    About STMicroelectronics
 ST is a global leader in the semiconductor
market serving customers across the spectrum of sense and power and
automotive products and embedded processing solutions. From energy
management and savings to trust and data security, from healthcare and
wellness to smart consumer devices, in the home, car and office, at work
and at play, ST is found everywhere microelectronics make a positive and
innovative contribution to people's life. By getting more from technology
to get more from life, ST stands for life.augmented.

    In 2011, the Company's net revenues were $9.73 billion. Further
information on ST can be found at www.st.com.

    ST Aston Set Top Box: http://hugin.info/152740/R/1673997/545032.pdf 

    

For Press Information Contact:

ASTON
Aurelie Florance-Horman 
Tel : +33 (0)1.48.97.32.64
aurelie.horman@aston-france.com

STMicroelectronics
Michael Markowitz 
Tel : +1 781 591 0354
michael.markowitz@st.com 

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