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Zarlink processor eyes terrestrial digital TV receivers

Posted: 03 Jun 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:zarlink semiconductor? single-chip processor? 10320? 10321? macrovision?

Zarlink Semiconductor launched the ZL10320/321 chips that are claimed by the company to be the industry's first fully integrated processing chips for terrestrial digital TV PVRs. With the chips, consumer electronics companies can build PVRs in boxes about the size of a VHS cassette tape - 60 percent smaller than today's PVR models.

Using its new processor, Zarlink has produced the industry's smallest PVR reference design that includes a HDD, memory, RF tuners, power regulators, and other components.

It integrates two COFDM channel demodulators with a PVR controller, MPEG-2 demultiplexer, audio and video decompression, on-screen display graphics, a high-performance RISC central processing unit, and peripheral interfaces. It also includes Dolby Digital multi-channel audio decoding and Macrovision Copy Protection.

The devices are packaged in a 388-ball PBGA measuring 27-by-27-by-2.56mm. In 1,000 quantities, the ZL10320 processor is priced at $44, and the ZL10321 chip is quoted at $47.

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