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2011-01-18
Thinking Screen Media and MStar announce partnership in Connected TVs

2011-01-18
MStar brings VUDU to Connected TVs in United States

2010-09-29
Antix Game Player live on MStar TV middleware

2010-09-14
MStar Integrates RoxioNow Into Chipset for HDTVs

2010-09-10
MSTAR INTEGRATES AWOX DLNA SOLUTIONS

2010-09-09
MSTAR LEADS THE CONNECTED TV MARKET

2010-01-05
World’s Leading DTV IC Vendor MStar Licenses MIPS® Processor IP

2009-12-15
MStar's first NDS certification

2009-09-11
MSTAR INTEGRATES CIVOLUTION WATERMARKING TECHNOLOGY IN CHIPSET

2008-04-07
Mstar Semiconductor opens a new R&D design centre in Cambridge UK

 


2011-01-18
Thinking Screen Media and MStar announce partnership in Connected TVs
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Wellesley, MA based Thinking Screen Media today announced the availability of its new platform for connected TVs. The platform enables makers of connected TVs and set-top boxes to bring a wealth of Internet based applications and content to the TV screen.

Thinking Screen Media has partnered with MStar Semiconductor, the leader in the worldwide digital TV market. MStar Semiconductor will be demonstrating the solution on their connected TV platforms at the Consumer Electronics Show starting January 6th in Las Vegas.

MStar has created the package to address the Connected TV market and propose the best choice to manufacturers, operators and retailers. MStar provides the best of Broadcast and Broadband, for TV sets and Set Top Boxes, thanks to its team experience and assets already massively deployed in the marke

The Thinking Screen Media platform, called AppChannel, includes several components:
- a customizable, transparent UI that displays individual apps
- a library app for adding or removing content directly on the TV screen
- a web-interface for advanced configuration and authentication
- a series of hundreds of apps including both personal and commercial content from dozens of content partners
- platform tools to enable partners to bring a customized set of apps to their customers

AppChannel is based on Adobe Flash leveraging Adobe's focus on the digital home but is managed from the cloud so that partners can introduce new apps as well as update existing apps without having to modify any software on the device. The company said it plans to open up the platform for third party developers in 2011 but that today all apps have been developed internally to ensure a consistent, high quality experience for launch.



2011-01-18
MStar brings VUDU to Connected TVs in United States
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Hsinchu, Taiwan (Dec 23, 2010) – MStar, the leader on the world wide digital TV market, is proud to announce that VUDU has selected MStar as a premium platform partner on MStar advanced SoC solutions to enable customers to instantly stream the industry leading VUDU streaming movie service to connected HDTVs from a broad range of manufacturers.

MStar has created the Mstar Connected package of best-in-class broadcast and broadband solutions for connected HDTV manufacturers, operators and retailers. MStar Connected is a real end-to-end connected HDTV offering that accelerates time-to-market and reduces cost with technologies that include:
- An extensive catalog of chipset suites
- A wide portfolio of software
- A rapidly growing library of content, apps & widgets

“VUDU is dedicated to being available on every connected device in the living room, and this partnership ensures the manufacturers that choose MStar Connected solutions can quickly and easily deliver the VUDU streaming movie service to their customers,” said Edward Lichty, General Manager at VUDU.

The VUDU Streaming Movie Service provides customers with access to the world’s largest catalog of more than 4,000 on-demand HD movies, and features movies in VUDU’s HDX format, the only streaming video format with 1080p HD video and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound available to consumers today. Movies are available to rent or own without monthly fees or a subscription. The service offers the newest Hollywood releases the same day they are available on DVD and months before they are available on subscription services.

“VUDU streams the highest quality cinematic experience for movie lovers to enjoy on connected HDTVs in the comfort of their living room,” said Joel Reboul, in charge of Connected TV for MStar Semiconductor. “We’re proud to work with VUDU to enhance our product offering and make it faster, easier and less expensive for our manufacturing partners to include the VUDU streaming movie experience on their connected devices.”

MStar Connected is pre-certified, and ready to provide turnkey service for end-to-end Connected TV solutions that allow our customers to accelerate time-to-market and reduces costs for our customers.

About MStar
MStar Semiconductor, Inc. is recognized as the leader in silicon solutions for Digital TV and other high volume consumer products including STB, and Mobile Phone. MStar solutions enable leading TV manufacturers to quickly produce market leading products. MStar is Headquartered in Hsinchu Taiwan and has development offices across the world. MStar Semiconductor is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange. www.mstarsemi.com

About VUDU
A leader in digital entertainment, VUDU offers the world’s largest selection of HD movies, including thousands of blockbusters, Hollywood classics, and indies available in stunning HDX 1080p with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound. Movies are available the same day they are released on DVD or Blu-Ray, and can be rented or purchased without a subscription. VUDU is available on internet-capable HDTVs and Blu-ray Disc players from FUNAI Electronics (Magnavox, Sylvania), LG Electronics, Mitsubishi Digital Electronics, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, SANYO, Sharp, Toshiba and VIZIO, and on the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system from Sony. VUDU is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wal-mart Stores, Inc., and is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA. For more information, visit http://www.vudu.com/.



2010-09-29
Antix Game Player live on MStar TV middleware
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Deal lets publishers build native games for TV that can be shared to mobile and other formats

Taiwan's MStar supplies a huge number of TV makers with internet connected middleware. This contract adds an end-to-end games service including content and store to the offer.

Antix Labs’ native games use a secure file format, similar in concept to MP3 for music or MPEG for video, so users can play the same title across different devices such as TVs, tablets and phone. DRM enables the games to be copied and virally shared with their friends and family, across the cloud.

“MStar’s success in supplying TV solutions has been remarkable. Antix’s products and its associated publishing community enable MStar to strengthen its comprehensive solutions in TV and also across the many other screens in which MStar is active and taking increasing market share,” said Francis Charig, Antix’s CEO.

Trevor Neal, VP of MStar, added: “The Antix Game player is a complete product and gives all our TV customers a simple way to meet the demands of an increasingly expectant market by offering the user best-in-class, casual and premium gaming services with downloadable native content."

Complete Press Release here


2010-09-14
MStar Integrates RoxioNow Into Chipset for HDTVs
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Sonic Solutions® (Nasdaq: SNIC) today announced that the RoxioNow™ premium entertainment platform has been selected by MStar Semiconductor, Inc., for inclusion in its advanced SoC solutions, which will be used in upcoming connected HDTVs. The integration will enable consumers to instantly stream a broad catalog of premium digital entertainment on next-generation devices from a range of manufacturers."

Over-the-top entertainment has become a must-have feature for connected devices," said Joel Reboul, Senior Director of Internet TV, MStar. "With integrated support for services powered by RoxioNow, our SoC solutions combine the best in high-definition picture and audio performance with easy access to a vast library of entertainment delivered on demand via the web."  

"Our collaboration with MStar, a major CE industry supplier, provides us with the opportunity to further expand our device reach and influence," said Mark Ely, Executive Vice President, Strategy, Sonic Solutions. "Sonic continues to build out a vast network of RoxioNow-compatible, connected electronics that deliver a far more flexible and convenient digital entertainment experience for consumers."

The RoxioNow platform serves a broad range of premium content, including new movies and next-day TV programs, to a growing, multi-manufacturer ecosystem of home and mobile electronics including PCs, connected TVs, set-top DVRs, Blu-ray Disc players, smartphones, and mobile media devices. The platform enables retailers and consumer electronics companies to participate in the entertainment supply chain, add value to product offerings and form ongoing relationships with customers. "Powered by RoxioNow™" stores enable consumers to instantly rent and purchase high-quality entertainment on their favorite device and, through the RoxioNow online entertainment locker, the flexibility to playback content ordered on additional consumer electronics devices. RoxioNow has been selected to power digital entertainment delivery for a range of companies including Best Buy, Blockbuster, Dell, HP, Lionsgate, and Sears/Kmart, and is available on a broad variety of consumer electronics devices.

Complete Press Release here


2010-09-10
MSTAR INTEGRATES AWOX DLNA SOLUTIONS
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AwoX, the leader in network media technology, today announced that MStar Semiconductor Inc. integrates AwoX DLNA Certified Component into its Reference Designs and range of chipsets. “The integration of AwoX DLNA Certified Component technology onto MStar’s product lines, demonstrates the maturity of DLNA in both the TV and Set-Top-Box market” said Alain Molinié, CEO of AwoX.

“By bringing inside its offering the DLNA middleware, MStar is leading a major change to the market: the media player engine provided by semiconductor manufacturers must now integrate the required network connectivity."

AwoX DLNA Certified Component brings to MStar’s Reference Designs and range of chipset the capability to playback content available from any DLNA certified server wherever located on a networked storage or a mobile phone. It also brings the capability to serve content recorded locally to the rest of the network. Last it also brings the capability to be controlled by any DLNA controller application, such as AwoX iPhone mediaCTRL.

“AwoX expertise in the network media allowed us a fast time to market,” comments Philippe Notton, Director of STB of MStar. ”Connected TV market share is increasing tenfold this year and DLNA is a must have technology. By delivering to our customers, we offer a turnkey solution for a true premium feature and a faster time to market. This is another achievement for MStar on the connected TV market.”

AwoX will be exhibiting at the upcoming IBC 2010 conference in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (September 11-15), booth 2.C21.

Complete Press Release here


2010-09-09
MSTAR LEADS THE CONNECTED TV MARKET
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Mstar Semiconductor, the leader in silicon solutions for Digital TV, is now involved on the Connected TV market, providing several solutions based on flagship Web technologies like HbbTV.

The company has integrated a very experienced team to enhance its position on HbbTV and Broadband technologies.
For several months now, the entire Pleyo team has been part of Mstar, bringing people with high skills directly involved in Connected TV solutions. Pleyo was a leading supplier of HbbTV technology and a leader in the development of the HbbTV standard.

The Pleyo team, who have developed an HbbTV Web-browser based on Webkit (Apple’s opensource Web engine) and associated extensions such as Widget engine & farm, is very proud to use its experience to work with the market leader and improve these solutions to deliver the best choice to the market.

« We’re exited to work with Mstar team in providing the market with an optimized solution for connected TVsets », says Joel Reboul, previously CEO of Pleyo, now Senior Director of Connected TV for MStar. « We’re involved with the latest web techno tracks and Mstar is able to promote these towards its world wide customer base. This is an excellent step forward for Mstar, combining the original Pleyo Team into MStar really makes sense. The bundle is really cost-effective and provides the best Web package to the connected TV market.»

The team has a large experience of Web technologies, and several web engines of the market, applied to Consumer Electronic devices for more than 11 years and have been the first to present an HbbTV STB demonstration in Europe with several partners.
“This hybrid bundle integrated into Mstar designs brings the customer a powerful off-the-shelf solution for connected TV sets, comments Philippe Notton of MStar. The company is entirely involved in a hybrid strategy, using the best of both worlds: the broadcast and the broadband. Mstar enters into the Connected TV market with a very big ambition! “

Manufacturers and operators have now easy access to web features based on the best Web engine of the market, Webkit, and up-to-date features and specifications such as standard W3C Widgets and HbbTV. Other broadband technologies are integrated into this package to cover all worldwide customer needs.



2010-01-05
World’s Leading DTV IC Vendor MStar Licenses MIPS® Processor IP
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MIPS Technologies’ Multi-threaded Cores to Power Next Generation DTV and Set-top Box Designs.

MIPS Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: MIPS), a leading provider of industry-standard processor architectures and cores for digital consumer, home networking, wireless, communications and business applications, today announced that the world's leading provider of integrated circuits (ICs) for digital television, MStar Semiconductor, licensed its multi-threaded MIPS32® 34KfTM Pro synthesizable processor core for next-generation devices. The 34Kf core includes a floating point unit that provides enhanced performance for graphics-intensive functionality, making it critical for connected DTV and technologies such as Java, JavaScript, Adobe® Flash® Player and AndroidTM. MStar is a long-time MIPS® licensee, having previously licensed the MIPS32 M4K® and 4KEc® cores.

In its Q4'09 Quarterly TV Design and Features Report, DisplaySearch, a worldwide leader in display market research, noted that MStar is now the market leader of video processor ICs in unit shipments. The report also noted that flat panel TV market growth this year is dominated by China's migration to LCD from CRT, and that MStar had a leading position in the rapidly-growing Chinese market. DisplaySearch's TV Electronics Analyst Paul Gray commented, "MStar has risen rapidly to lead the TV IC market worldwide. Their focus on cost-effective designs and strong relationships with aggressive TV set makers enabled their success in this highly competitive market."

"To meet next-generation demands for connectivity, high-definition displays, advanced LED backlighting control, high-quality video decoding and other advanced functionality along with green power regulations, we need processors that deliver high performance, power efficiency, and seamless integration with the necessary software stacks," said WK Chia, associate vice president, MStar. "The multi-threaded 34Kf core offers a great balance of high performance, low power and compact area. Together with MIPS' leadership and robust ecosystem in the DTV and set-top box markets, this provides us with the right solution to support next-generation development."

"We are pleased that MStar, the world's leading provider of DTV ICs, is partnering with MIPS for development of future chips," said Art Swift, vice president of marketing for MIPS Technologies. "It is an exciting time in the DTV and set-top box industries as advanced technologies such as Internet connected TV become viable market solutions. As the number one supplier of processor IP for the DTV and set-top box markets, MIPS provides cores and enabling technologies that are optimized for multimedia, connectivity, and the next generation of connected devices."

Complete Press Release here


2009-12-15
MStar's first NDS certification
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MStar just passed its first NDS certification on a TV chip, bringing NDS advanced security to TV market for the first time.



2009-09-11
MSTAR INTEGRATES CIVOLUTION WATERMARKING TECHNOLOGY IN CHIPSET
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Civolution, a leading provider of technology and services for identifying, managing and monetizing media content, today announced that MStar Semiconductor Inc. is the first Semiconductor manufacturer to offer a hardware integration of Civolution’s NexGuard – PayTV forensic watermarking core into its MSD3A11 chipset.

“The hardware integration of NexGuard - PayTV technology in MStar’s MSD3A11 chipset evidences Civolution’s commitment to make this technology available in the most efficient and flexible way” said Alex Terpstra, CEO of Civolution.“ By making each illegal content copy traceable, further critical protection is offered to content owners, making them more comfortable to grant premium content in an early window and provides greater financial opportunities for all stakeholders’’.

Using Civolution’s NexGuard - PayTV solution, the recently re-branded solution originally known as VTrack and part of Civolution extensive range of forensic watermarking products, MStar’s chipsets embed a unique watermark into video material in real-time each time a program is viewed. By adding the unique watermark to the video, content copies become unique, enabling the identification of any potential misuse. With its extremely small footprint, NexGuard – PayTV requires very little overhead on the chipset. Yet, the solution is highly robust and is designed to survive camcorder-capture and subsequent degradation of the content for internet usage. NexGuard – PayTV offers additional content protection complementary to conditional access or other forms of digital rights management on all device outputs. The solution is available in hardware or as a software library, compatible with satellite, cable, DTT and IPTV distribution, and supports linear broadcast, VOD, NVOD, Push VOD and in-home re-distribution.

“We are delighted to be working with Civolution and be one of the first chipset manufacturer to integrate the NexGuard - PayTV core into Silicon,” comments Philippe Notton, Director of STB of MStar.. ”The media industry is increasingly suffering from piracy and needs to find new ways to monetize content. With this solution we can now offer our customers an extra layer of protection, making viewing of early-release and HD content safe and secure.”

Civolution will be exhibiting at the upcoming IBC 2009 conference in Amsterdam,
The Netherlands (September 11-15), booth 5.B18.

Complete Press Release here


2008-04-07
Mstar Semiconductor opens a new R&D design centre in Cambridge UK
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This makes a total of 4 design offices in Europe totaling over 130 people. The new office will focus on wireless technology for 3G and 4G mobile phone in particular TD-SCDMA and LTE.

General Manager Trevor Neal said “Cambridge is clearly the world number one hotspot for wireless talent and this office will be key to pushing MStar forward into a leading position in this sector.”


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