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Friday, December 15, 2006
 NXP Semiconductors Introduced Two PC TV Processors
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Message Text: Highly-integrated, single-chip AV engine powers advance PC TV watch-and-record capabilities.

SAA7164E provides dual channel TV as well as radio capture and streaming capabilities with hardware AV compression, allowing for independent watch, record and personal video recorder (PVR) features. The SAA7164E is an integrated 90-nm device in a space efficient BGA364 package, with the SAA7163E providing a cost-effective single-channel derivative of SAA7164E. The solution will be showcased at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada from January 8-11.

SAA7164E and SAA7163E support exciting multimedia solutions such as Intervideo's WinCinema, Media Center PCs, Microsoft Windows XP and Windows XP Media Center Edition, and the Windows Vista operating system.

The SAA7164E includes two AV decoders, each supporting worldwide analog broadcast (NTSC/PAL/SECAM), TV stereo sound (BTSC, NICAM, Dual FM, EIAJ), and FM radio and RDS decoding. It promises crisp video performance with adaptive 3D comb filter including 3D noise reduction for each channel. The PC TV processor also supports global reception of all digital broadcast standards by streaming dual transport streams, allowing combo and hybrid analog/digital reception configurations. Two independent hardware compression engines enable reduction in the host CPU load, and generate dual compressed AV streams for time shifting, recording, networking, and downloading files to portable media players (PMPs). The independent AV compression engines support a variety of formats for high quality and low bit rates, including several kinds of video compression standards, such as MPEG1/2/4, Windows Media Video(1) (VC-1) and DiVX. Audio compression standards supported are AAC, and MPG1L2, MP3, Windows Media Audio(1) and AC-3 (Dolby Digital). The AV compression can either output DVD compliant program stream or transport stream.

The SAA7164E also includes two IF demodulators, supporting small form-factor and cost-effective system designs based on NXP's line of silicon tuners. It also includes baseband video inputs supporting high performance NXP tuner cans and NIM modules, and video capture from camcorders, VCRs, DVD players, cameras, and microphones, allowing recording and archiving of consumer content to multimedia PC hard drives and, CD and DVD recorders. The SAA7164E includes a PCI Express 1.1 compliant bus interface for desktop and notebook PCs, including mini-card and Express Card form factors. It also extends the capabilities of PC TV tuners to include the reception and protection of premium TV content, with encryption and decryption capabilities, including AES and (T)DES. A remote control receiver and two RC transmitter interfaces ensure a convenient control of TV reception and PVR functionality.

Subsequent derivatives of the SAA7164E will include support for additional bus interfaces, including PCI and USB.
 
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