Since signals read from DVDs and CDs can now be processed using a single chip, it is possible to build a high-performance DVD player with an array of functions using the new LSI and a small number of additional components. This contrasts with the minimum of six microchips required by Panasonic's previous DVD players. The result is reduced overall system cost and a substantial reduction in the required circuit board mounting area.
The new LSI employs high-precision digital read channel technology based on proprietary PRML technology to achieve stable reading of video and audio data even from scratched or warped DVDs and CDs. It also supports reading of data from recordable media such as DVD-RAM discs. Finally, it benefits from the superior performance and flexibility of the Panasonic Media Core Processor software architecture, which makes possible high-quality video reproduction together with support for a range of audio standards.
Samples are scheduled to begin shipping in November 2002.