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MPEG decoder addresses piracy

Posted: 22 Jun 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:nec electronics america? mpeg decoder? upd61126? stb? pay tv?

The days of illegally tapping pay TV broadcasts are numbered.

The new single-chip MPEG decoder (part number ?PD61126) from NEC Electronics America Inc. includes enhanced security features for digital STBs, integrating two MIPS32 4KEc microprocessor cores capable of delivering speeds up to 286 MIPS each. The decoder also offers an improved DDR-SDRAM interface, with speeds up to 333MHz and memory up to 1GB.

Working closely with conditional access vendors to understand industry requirements, NEC Electronics incorporated various features designed to prevent illegal reception and copying of pay TV broadcasts and information stored in STBs. "Piracy of digital broadcasts is a growing and costly issue for producers, content owners and broadcasters of television programming," said Masao Hirasawa, GM for NEC Electronics' Digital AV Systems Division. "The newest addition to our line-up of MPEG decoders provides an affordable single-chip solution designed to significantly limit such illegal activities."

The enhanced graphics engine provides designers with more flexibility to manipulate advanced graphics and data. According to the company, the combination of these performance-enhancing features enables smooth operation of the Multimedia Home Platform (MHP), outstanding speed in interactive Multimedia and Hypermedia Experts Group (MHEG) applications, and integration of standard on-screen display functions.

An embedded USB 1.1 host interface permits connection to external devices such as cable modems or digital cameras, and direct support for DVB-CI (Digital Video Broadcasting-Common Interface) standards eliminates the need for external routing chips. In addition to these functions, the device has comprehensive power management functions and a design process optimized for low-power operation.

The new decoder is supported by a range of software and middleware, including reference designs, evaluation systems and a full suite of high-level application program interfaces (APIs) and wrappers that are compatible among all of the company's digital AV devices.

Samples of the ?PD61126 are already available upon request and are priced at $25. Volume production is scheduled to begin in early 2006. Pricing and availability are subject to change.

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