Sigma Designs

UHD Smart TV SoCs

Ultra HD (UHD), with four times as many pixels as full HD, promises sharper, more detailed picture quality and higher resolution. These attributes are guaranteed to enhance the consumer TV viewing experience, particularly as screen size continues to increase. Next generation TV sets supporting UHD also must include capabilities for Internet-connected services including over-the-top (OTT) video streaming, Web browsing and access to apps, as well as gaming and content sharing.

Advanced technologies such as UHD require powerful SoCs, and Sigma Designs provides all of this functionality and the pristine video quality consumers desire. A leader in UHD technology development, Sigma launched the first commercially available UHD SoC in 2014. Sigma’s portfolio of UHD chipsets support HEVC (H.265) and Google VP9 compressions, HDMI 2.0, and 120fps frame-rate conversion.

SX6 UHD chip photo SX6-UHD FRC8000 chip photo FRC8000
Target Applications Premium UHD Smart TVs with 3D content support and
advanced OTT services
Premium UHD Smart TVs with 120Hz display refresh
Applications Processor ARM A9 dual-core
(1.0GHz)
N/A
Decode Capability
(Max Codec/Profile/Level)
HEVC Main/Main10 @ L5 N/A
OS Support Linux/Android 4.4 N/A

Reinventing Television: The Smart TV

While TVs were once turned on only to watch the nightly news or a favorite sitcom, today’s large flat screens dominate the room, and can do much more than just access content supplied by a broadcaster, including connecting to the home network and Internet. These new capabilities on the Smart TV are possible because of the advent of very powerful applications processors.

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