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Zoran releases DTV solution for U.S. market

Posted: 29 Aug 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:zoran? hdtv? digital television? dtv? suprahd 660 processor?

Zoran Corp. announced a complete hardware and software solution for building an integrated digital television (DTV) targeted at the United States market.

The reference design, based on the company's SupraHD 660 processor, is a full featured system that allows tuning, decoding and display of analog (NTSC) and digital (ATSC) terrestrial broadcast. The SupraHD processor includes an MPEG-2 decoder, NTSC video decoder, HDMI receiver, IEEE-1394 interface, audio DAC, and an advanced video processing engine to control and directly drive LCD and other high-definition television displays. The reference design also includes Zoran's Cascade 2 front-end demodulator that supports VSB and QAM modulation schemes.

According to the press release, the new ATSC/NTSC-compliant reference design greatly reduces the overall system cost for manufacturers of DTVs due to the high level of integration within the SupraHD 660 IC, the cost-effective Cascade 2 demodulator, and the partnerships Zoran has with other component suppliers represented on the board.

The reference hardware module accepts composite (CVBS), S-video (Y/C) and component (YPbPr) inputs processed by the on-chip 3D comb filter color space converter. The output interfaces can directly drive an LCD/PDP panel or a CRT TV. Other outputs include L/R audio for internal speakers and SPDIF for multi-channel output to an external audio receiver. The complete hardware design also supports basic application functionalities required for a DTV, such as ATSC/NTSC software stack, electronic program guide (EPG), closed-caption decoding, parental control, basic audio control and basic video control. For ease of connectivity to external devices, the IEEE-1394 software stack is also bundled with the software package. The customizable OSD allows customers to design their own differentiated look and feel before they go to market, said Zoran.

Complete reference designs (ZR8390660-ATSC-LCDX) are already available for qualified customers.

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