IBC 2014: Dune HD elects Sigma silicon to power STB line
Michelle Clancy
| 11 September 2014
Dune HD has selected Sigma Designs' secure media processors (SMPs) for a variety of its most advanced and high performance set-top box (STB) products.

Solutions powered by the Sigma Designs 8600 and 8700 series SMPs include: Dune HD TV Connect Stick STB; the Dune HD TV-204 STB with native HEVC (H.265) support; and Dune HD IP and hybrid set-top boxes for IPTV applications.

"Sigma Designs offers the best performance at an affordable price point, a key factor in our decision regarding our chipset supplier for our various set-top box products," said Konstantin Dyshlevoy, president and CEO of Dune HD. "Furthermore, the various Sigma products support a wide range of requirements, from low-power and small form-factor needed for our Connect Stick plug-and-play HD streaming device, to native HEVC support for next generation video service delivery, as well as more traditional IPTV STBs."

HEVC compression is expected to reduce bandwidth requirements by up to 50% compared to AVC (H.264), while enhancing quality for full 1080p HD video delivered to the home. This increase in network efficiency is critical for enabling future services including 4K TV.

"We are sensitive to the needs of our STB customers, who need to deliver outstanding quality and a broad feature set while managing costs for their end user equipment," said Mustafa Ozgen, vice president and general manager multimedia business for Sigma Designs. "Our collaboration with Dune HD to meet the full range of device requirements suits the rapidly changing consumer environment and enables Dune HD to provide operators with advanced video solutions for IPTV and OTT services."