Thursday, December 8, 2022

How Digital TV Manufacturers Can Tackle Chip Complexities

A unified modeling-verification-emulation-validation approach backed with domain expertise in audio/video and SoC architecture holds a strong promise -- Udaya Kamath

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With the help of over-the-Internet software upgrades for feature enhancements and a modular plug-and-play PCB architecture, it is possible to architect a future-proof DTV. The modular plug-and-play PCB architecture will have a fixed motherboard carrying display and power electronics and a pluggable Media-SoC board hosting key DTV engines.

Personal home assist. Similarly, there is an increasing demand for ‘home assistant’ feature among DTV consumers wanting an experience superior to ‘personal assistant’ available on today’s ultra-high-end smartphones. Such a unified home assistant would mean a sophisticated and self-learning artificial intelligence based voice cognition application running on the DTV OS, tightly linked at the system software level to native applications supporting valuable use cases at home. This will look like a keyboard-less virtual home assistant on the DTV that will accept authenticated commands from the user to decode and control devices at home over the home network and provide valuable status messages and calendar items on the screen.

The applications of this virtual home control center will be endless. From a hardware context, this will mean freeing up one or more dedicated MCU cores for running sophisticated home-assist software, and stepping up the chip performance.

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Road ahead
The digital TV landscape will get more complex with new entrants like IP vendors, new semiconductor and OEMs entering and growing dynamism of the consumer-driven product lifecycle. This will result in increasing collaboration in the DTV landscape.


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