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Chip firm Synaptics has partnered with iWedia and Tonly to develop a turnkey platform designed to address the rapidly expanding Android TV market for pay-TV providers.

AndroidTV 13 sept 2018The partnership features Synaptics’ VS-550 (UHD) and VS-420 (FHD) multimedia processor SoCs running iWedia’s set-top-box (STB) software stack, and STB hardware from Tonly. The ready-to-deploy solution includes key pre-certifications and quality assurance (QA), and it simplifies over-the-air (OTA) upgrades for new Android TV revisions.

“Synaptics is the global Android TV market leader that has been deploying advanced multimedia processor technology in service provider set-top-boxes over many generations,” said Huibert Verhoeven, SVP and GM, IoT Division, Synaptics. “Our innovative and complete line of powerful VideoSmart UHD/FHD processors, along with our turnkey partners, empowers operators with a high performance and swift time-to-market solution backed by a cost-effective platform to address the rapidly expanding Android TV marketplace.”

iWedia’s platform supports OTT, IPTV and hybrid (DVB-T2/C2/S2) STBs, along with support for different conditional access systems.

“iWedia is extremely pleased to collaborate on this game-changing solution with Synaptics that addresses a critical market requirement,” said Nikola Teslić, CTO at iWedia. “As an integral part of the turnkey solution, our software adds broadcast and multicast support to Android TV, thus allowing customers a more seamless integration project and a much quicker time-to-market for new customised set-top boxes based on Synaptics’ industry premier VS-550 Android TV SoC.”

Meanwhile, the hardware platforms from Tonly are power- and cost-optimised, the companies said.

“We are excited to leverage our manufacturing expertise to play an important role in the massive Android TV deployments occurring worldwide,” said David Huang, SVP, Tonly. “Our selection of Synaptics’ market-leading VideoSmart SoCs enable our ability to offer truly innovative and cost-effective smart home devices, and we look forward to our continued partnership with Synaptics.”