Foxconn Building 4K Set-Top for ADB

Foxconn is building a 4K set Ultra HD set-top for Swiss manufacturer ADB that is also capable of delivering over-the-top video and home automation services.

ADB, whose customers include Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable, said the 1761WF IP set-top can transmit WLAN and Z-wave signals simultaneously, hitting speeds of up to 2733.3 Mbps when operating in 802.11ac mode.

While the FCC test report describes the device as an engineering sample, ADB is already marketing the box, one of the industry’s first 4K set-tops, to pay TV distributors.

“The ADB-1761WF is an advanced platform to deliver a new generation UltraHD TV experience, full of brilliant images and incredible depth of 4K content not only for ultra high definition television but also for VOD, OTT and other multimedia services like multi-screen and multi-room,” ADB says in marketing material available for download from its Web site.

ADB1761wf_bThe next-gen box is powered by middleware from Minevera and a conditional access system from Verimatrix. It supports HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding), HTML5 and Apple’s HTTP Live  Streaming (HLS) protocol.

“The ADB-1761WF has WiFi 802.11ac 5GHz 4×4 integrated, [enabling] multi-streaming service to connected devices like [set-top] clients, tablets, smartphones. The platform functionality can be smoothly extended by plugging an external USB HDD or memory stick. Thanks to this operator can offer more functionalities like: recording, pause-TV and time-shift,” according to ADB. 

Taiwan-based Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., which trades as Foxconn, is named as the applicant on the FCC test report. Foxconn also makes Apple’s iPad and iPhone, the Amazon Kindle, Sony’s PlayStation 4, Microsoft’s Xbox One and the Nintendo Wii U.