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Samsung HDTV SoCs comply with FCC standards

Posted: 30 Jul 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:samsung electronics? soc? federal communications commission? fcc? s5h2200?

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd has introduced a SoC device for high-definition TVs and digital STBs to meet U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requirements.

The S5H2200 is a single-chip solution that incorporates dual HD MPEG-2 decoders, which can simultaneously provide high-quality audio and video for digital broadcasts to the subscreen as well as to the main screen, an ARM920T-based 330MHz CPU, and the company's proprietary picture improvement function, DNIe (Digital Natural Image Engine).

The chip supports various display modes such as multiple picture-in-picture (PIP) and picture-in-graphics (PIG), providing an added convenience for digital TV viewers. It also includes a 24-bit DSP for high fidelity sound, and supports multiple-input Transport Stream Decoder (TSD) for Personal Video Recorder (PVR) application. Interfaces for various peripherals such as Memory Stick, ATAPI, IEEE1394 and USB make the device compatible with external inputs from other digital devices such as digital STB, DVD, game console and digital camcorder.

Samsung's device is the latest in a recent rash of announcements from companies scrambling to carve out a slice of the growing digital TV market. iSuppli/Stanford Resources projects digital TV shipments to increase from 17 million units in 2004 to 77 million units in 2008.

That growth is due to the FCC requiring that 50 percent of all TVs with screens 36-inch and larger to incorporate tuners for digital broadcasting this year. By 2007, the FCC will require all TVs with 13-inch or larger screens to be digital broadcast ready.

In addition, digital TV is catching on worldwide with France and Italy scheduled to begin digital broadcasting this year and China slated to follow next year.

Over the past month, Sarnoff Corp. introduced audio and video IP enabling TV makers to incorporate full digital TV signal decoding and demodulation functions on a chip.

Last week, U.S. Digital Television (USDTV) Inc. announced a technology partnership with global electronics supplier LG Electronics and LG Innotek to supply advanced generation 8-VSB chips and ATSC tuners for its STBs.

- Spencer Chin

EE Times

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