Demonstrations of New Virtualized Set Top Box at NFV World
Congress this Week
CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 5, 2015--
ARM, Applied Micro and server software developer Netzyn today announced
a new virtual set-top box (vSTB) reference platform which utilizes
network functions virtualization (NFV). The new vSTB platform runs on
cloud servers powered by Applied Micro’s X-Gene® Server on a
Chip® solution, and offers the potential to reduce network
operator CapEx and OpEx, as well as increase average revenue per user
(ARPU). The upcoming demonstration at NFV World Congress is an expansion
of Concept (PoC) #31 (STB Virtualization in Carrier Networks) as
determined and accepted by the European Telecom Standards Institute’s
(ETSI) NFV Industry Specification Group.
"Pay-TV subscribers care about rich user interfaces (UIs) with
responsive performance," said Karthik Ranjan, director of operator
relations at ARM. "Migrating STB functionality from a standalone box to
a remote server talking directly with your TV saves significant cost,
energy and materials with no material impact on UI performance. vSTBs
will enable operators to increase ARPU through enabling new services on
the TV faster while reducing their overall OpEx by utilizing cloud
computing and low-latency networks."
Showcasing the flexibility of the ARM® ecosystem to run
virtual network functions on a range of hardware platforms, the vSTB
platform enables operators to:
Increase synergy between client and cloud hardware as most STBs and
client software are already based on ARM technology. This enables
seamless migration of existing applications such as electronic program
guide and video streaming to cloud infrastructure.
Tap into the vast ecosystem of Android™ games and
content-based applications already optimized for ARM technology to
enable compute-intensive 2D/3D apps to run seamlessly on to a
centralized cloud infrastructure.
Utilize cloud technology to rapidly pilot and deploy new functionality
and services, opening up opportunities for operators to increase ARPU
while reducing customer premises equipment (CPE) costs and maintenance.
Simplify devices to "dongle" or "puck" form factors such as the CuBox
which can eventually be integrated into TVs as an application,
essentially eliminating the need for operators to own/manage any kind
In addition to Applied Micro, the demonstration is also available on a
mobile SoC microserver platform based on a Samsung Exynos 5422 SoC. Both
demonstrations can be viewed at the ARM booth (#48). Technical
specifications for the reference platforms can be found on the ARM
Connected Community blog "The
next evolution of the set-top box: migration to the cloud."
"The Applied Micro X-Gene processor was
designed with scale-out cloud applications in mind, balancing CPU
performance; robust memory capacity and bandwidth; and high-speed I/O,"
said John Williams, vice president of marketing at Applied Micro
Circuits Corporation. "The X-Gene processor’s core design and power
efficiency in a high density scale-out server platform is ideally suited
for applications like Netzyn’s NFV PoC."
"Netzyn is excited to be a part of creating the NFV
PoC. The Netzyn Application Streaming Platform is the ideal solution for
operators to deliver rich user experiences," said Steve Bakke, chief
technical officer at Netzyn. "Showing how centralizing resources in the
cloud and enabling the lowest cost CPE provide significant cost benefits
for operators is a powerful outcome of this project. The Applied Micro
X-Gene provides an excellent and cost effective platform to run our
server software and in this PoC is used both for running the
orchestration software and the end-user applications."
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The Netzyn Application Streaming Platform
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at the lowest price point. Centralizing resources in the cloud allows
carriers to deliver innovative services with broad flexibility as well
as built in scalability and performance. Netzyn’s streaming economics
delivers on lower capex and opex without limiting opportunities to
deliver current or future service offerings.
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