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PCI Express Bridge takes TV to laptops

Posted: 08 Jun 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Royal Philips Electronics has introduced a PCI Express Bridge that promises to enable next generation PC-TV laptop designers to easily integrate any TV front-end with a PCI Express interface. With application versatility and flexible board design configuration, Philips said its new SAA7160E chip supports four parallel digital streams, which allow PC-TV viewers to simultaneously watch, record and preview TV images, a capability previously available only with top-of-the-range LCD TVs.

According to Philips, the new device provides ports for capturing video, program/transport and audio streams, including two I2S-bus inputs for up to four channels, for high-level audio functionality. Together with the SAA7162E, which integrates two audio/video decoders with a PCI Express bridge, Philips said PC-TV technology designers now have the choice of using either a full Philips solution or using specific Philips reference designs to help build a system of third party technology to suit a specialized market need.

"SAA7160 adds to our leading PCI Express video portfolio, bringing total flexibility to complement the high integration of SAA7162 dual channel AV decoder," said Martin Maloney, marketing director, PC Systems, Philips Semiconductors. "SAA7160 can be matched with multiple combinations of channel decoders and AV decoders to enable flexible notebook and desktop solutions for any region or form factor."

According to IDC's recent Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker survey, EMEA consumer and business demand for laptops rose above 30 percent in 2005, compared to an 8 percent increase for desktops. This mass adoption of laptops coupled with advanced PC-TV features provides a cost-effective means of watching live sporting events and news while on the move.

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