STB market booming
Worldwide digital STB unit shipments reached 143 million in 2007, up sharply from 121 million in 2006. Worldwide digital STB product revenues hit $14 billion in 2007, an increase of $3 billion over 2006 revenues. The market for semiconductor components inside digital STBs also grew significantly last year. The total value of semiconductors embedded in digital set top boxes increased to $7.7 billion in 2007.
Satellite set top box unit shipments accounted for just over 50 per cent of all global digital set top box unit shipments last year, while digital cable set top boxes made up 29 per cent of total unit shipments