Plextor ConvertX PX-M402U - Page 2
It is very interesting to see how this device works. The PX-M402U is capable
of encoding/decoding video and encoding/decoding audio. But let us take a closer
look at the device's mainboard.
Opening the device's case will void the warranty, so we advise against it.
Instead, use the photos in this review for a closer look under the hood.
reference reasons, we unscrewed the case and took the following photos. Clicking
on the image below will open a higher resolution
One of the main advantages of this device is that the processing modes and
methods are stored on the host computer. This is a clever approach by Plextor,
since users can upgrade the used algorithm the device uses (since it is
stored on the computer), without requiring any upgrade on the device itself.
is all you need.
Looking at the mainboard a little closer, we can see that it consists
of a series of chipsets used for encoding or decoding the video and audio streams.
be more precise, it consists of the following:
Philips SAA7115HL NTSC/PAL/SECAM Video Decoder
WIS Technologies GO7007SB Video Encoder
Cypress CY7C68013 USB 2.0 controller
AKM 5355VT Stereo Sigma Delta ADC
Micron 4MB SDRAM
The mainboard uses rather simple processes to encode
video/audio. It uses 4MB SDRAM to handle temporarily stored data. It receives
the video signal from the S-Video or Composite input and transfers
it to the Philips SAA7115HL that decodes the signal, sending it to the
WIS Video Encoder for conversion, according to the selected user
settings. The WIS encoder is the first encoder that is DivX Certified.
Audio is passed via the audio connectors to the AKM Stereo analog/digital
converter, that converts analog audio signals to digital audio signals that
can be handled by the M402U. The WIS Video encoder synchronises the video streams
with the audio streams and transfers the video/audio digital signals to the
Cypress USB2.0 controler to be saved to the hard disk on the host PC. \