Philips Electronics announced a new high-speed Universal Serial Bus (USB) peripheral device that is fully compliant with the USB Implementers Forum (IF) video-class specifications (Revision 1.1) for point-to-point video streaming.
The new device provides a dedicated connection to a system's codec, which enables
audio/video streaming via USB with a minimal burden on system hardware and software. The
company believes that the device will help consumer electronic and computer peripheral
manufacturers to implement high-quality streaming video in their products. The new,
high-speed device is designed for camcorders, portable media players, TV tuners and set-top
"USB video-class support will be a standard feature of the Microsoft Windows operating
system, which eliminates the need for an additional software driver for a product using our
solutions," said Paul Marino, vice president and general manager of Connectivity, Philips
Semiconductors. "The small form factor and low-power characteristics make this the ideal
device for portable on-the-go entertainment products."
The new high-speed device (ISP1585) is fully compliant with the USB Specification revision
2.0, supporting data transfer rates of up to 480 Mbit/s. It supports a MPEG-2 transport
stream, which carries MPEG-2 or MPEG4, and DV, the most commonly used video streaming
Philips' new USB peripheral device (ISP1585) will be sampled to select customers in Q3 2005
with general availability in Q2 2006.