This document introduces a product which I designed/developed, with following rough specifications:
• CelestialSemi CSM1203 ARM CPU @180Mhz • 256Mbyte DDR1 RAM • 32Mbyte NOR Flash • Built-in Power Supply • Ethernet networking capabilities • Custom minimal Linux • DVB-S / DVB-S2 HD Set-Top-Box • CA Card Reader • Common Interface (CI) Slot • SDL based UI • Web Interface, FTP, SSH, IPTV Streaming… many more
Figure 1 Hiremco Chipbox
HIREMCO Chipbox was 1st Linux DVB Set-Top-Box designed / developed / manufactured in Turkey. It is also one of the first STB’s in the world market, after Dreambox/Vu+, which uses embedded Linux .
Figure 2 Typical Infrastructure for STB connection in an Apartment/Residence
In order to comply with requirements, we decided to use CelestialSemi CSM1203 SoC which support Linux as well as DVB Transport Stream Hardware Accelerated Demultiplexing/Decoding.
You can see photos below for the final product:
Figure 3 Hiremco Chipbox Details
During my work as R&D / Project Manager, I developed this ARM Linux based STB between 2009-2011.
Hundreds of thousands of private homes / apartments / buildings / offices are using these products since last 10 years.