The FINANCIAL — Trident Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRID), one of the leading providers of set-top box and TV semiconductor solutions, on September 13 announced that it has been working closely with Opera to deliver a Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV)-compliant browser solution on its PNX84xx-family of system-on-chip solutions.
"This announcement supports Trident’s aggressive efforts to be the first set-top box (STB) chip manufacturer to deliver all the key building blocks that customers need to quickly and easily deliver the next generation TV platform. As the industry’s first 45nm broadcast STB system-on-chip, the PNX84xx family is 3D-ready today and features the powerful Arm Cortex CPU; low power consumption; realistic 3D graphics; and a high level of flexibility for video encoding and decoding," Opera says.
“Trident’s PNX84xx family of HD STB SoCs are the perfect partner for Opera’s HbbTV solutions because they utilize the power of the Arm Cortex core to provide the best end-user web-browsing experiences,” said Tony Francesca, senior vice president and general manager of the Trident STB business unit. “Given that the HbbTV standard is becoming mainstream in Europe, this is a critical feature for winning the major 2011 designs that are underway today.”
“Our partnership with Trident will help introduce a ready-to-deploy solution bundled with Opera’s unmatched speed, performance and feature-set, the building blocks of the next generation TV experience,” said Christen Krogh, Chief Development Officer, Opera Software. “Opera is well positioned to meet the superior quality standards of Trident, a leading player in the digital home entertainment market, to bring the best the Web has to offer for end users.”
What is the HbbTV
HbbTV is a new initiative which aims to combine entertainment delivered via broadcast and broadband to consumers using connected TVs and set-top boxes. The founding members of the HbbTV consortium developed the HbbTV specification to create a global standard for such hybrid entertainment services.
About the PNX84xx Series from Trident
The PNX84xx is a family of highly integrated system-on-chip products delivering a complete range of high-performance technologies for mainstream HD DVRs and set-top box applications in global satellite, cable and IPTV networks.
About the Opera Web browsing Solution
As a robust, open platform for creating Web-standards-based solutions, Opera delivers the ideal foundation not only for developing full Web browsers and user interfaces, but also for generating connected TV solutions that combine widgets and full Web browsing with emerging standards for making TV interactive, such as HTML5, HbbTV and OIPF.
Trident and Opera will be demonstrating its joint solution at the IBC show this week in Amsterdam in Hall 4, booth A-95.