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TI IC empowers consumer electronics makers

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

Keywords:tvp5160? digital video decoder? texas instruments? ti?

The new digital video decoder from Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) has promised to keep manufacturers ahead of the pack by offering best-of-class two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) comb filtering, time base correction, 3D noise reduction, intermediate frequency (IF) compensation and 480p (progressive) video.

The new TVP5160 video decoder supports all major worldwide broadcasting standards, including PAL and NTSC. Whether the video stream is composite, S-video, component or Syndicat francais des Constructeurs d'Appareils Radio et Television (SCART), the device allows the manufacturer to utilize features such as noise reduction and time base correction concurrently, providing consumers with improved video quality.

"Consumers want professional-grade video quality at an affordable price," said Ron Richter, worldwide marketing manager for TI's mixed-signal video group. "Our new video decoder provides consumer electronics manufacturers with the video quality and feature set necessary to differentiate their products from the competition and capture the attention of discerning consumers, at reasonable price points."

The TVP5160 includes time base correction, IF compensation and 480p video features, each enhancing a different output. The time base correction improves VCR image quality, IF compensation corrects television tuner artifacts, and by supporting the 480p video standard, the TVP5160 allows for better DVD quality video when played through a television.

Additionally, the TVP5160 utilizes the company's adaptive five-line 2D comb filter and patented sync detector for weak, noisy and non-standard signals from terrestrial broadcast and VCRs. It accepts 12 inputs in any combination of composite, S-video, component and SCART connectors, and auto-detects and automatically switches between NTSC, PAL and SECAM formats on composite or S-video inputs. Digital rights management is supported through advanced programmable vertical blanking interval (VBI) slicing and Macrovision/CGMS copy protection. The decoder outputs YCbCr (8/10-bit or 16/20-bit) and ITU-R BT.656 (8/10-bit) formats. For 3D processing, it requires an external 4MB of SDRAM memory.

The TVP5160 ships in a 128-pin TQFP package. It is planned for full production in January 2005, with samples available for approved beta test customers beginning next month. TI will demonstrate the product's capabilities at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam on September 10-14.

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