Dual TV decoder exploits PCI Express
Philips has released the industry's first integrated PCI Express dual global video and stereo decoder for digital home PC desktops and notebooks.
Philips has released the industry's first integrated PCI Express dual global video and stereo decoder for digital home PC desktops and notebooks The new PCI Express AV decoder also gives consumer PCs the ability to capture multiple broadcast TV signals
It offers PC-TV card makers - along with PC OEMs and ODMs - a universal broadcast video and stereo decoding solution.
The new decoder takes advantage of the high bandwidth of the PCI Express bus architecture, a key feature on next-generation motherboards for PCs and other devices that are part of today's connected home.
The new decoder chip was demonstrated this week in a PC-TV tuner system solution for hybrid (analogue/digital) TV broadcast reception at the 2005 Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco.
The demo featured simultaneous reception of multiple channels of analogue and digital broadcasts.
This is the capability that allows people to watch one channel while recording another, or to record multiple programmes at the same time.
"Philips' commitment to PCI Express is enabling OEMs and ODMs to cost-effectively develop scalable, advanced convergence products and applications for today's expanding digital entertainment market", said Jerome Morris, Manager, Display Processing, Philips Semiconductors.
"As a result, hot new products such as PC media centres and PC-TV tuners have become significant components for driving growth in this market".
High-tech market research firm In-Stat/MDR predicts that the total worldwide value of PC-TV tuner products and digital terrestrial set-top boxes (which use similar technology) will grow to more than US $3.8 billion in 2008.
Digital connected consumer devices enabled by the SAA7162 dual decoder include media centre PCs, digital camcorders and personal video recorders.
Samples have been provided to lead customers, with volume shipments planned for Q3 2005.