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PCIe chips push decoder integration into PC-TVs

Posted: 17 May 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:PC-TV PCIe chips? DVB-T hybrid processors? analog digital TV?

Micronas has announced the availability of the APB 71x6/8I ATSC/QAM-256 and DVB-T hybrid PC-TV PCIe processors at this week's Microsoft WinHEC 2007 event in Los Angeles. The new chips provide advance functionality and performance compared to existing TV processors that offer either digital or analog capability.

Micronas' comprehensive IP library of field-proven cores like ATSC/QAM, DVB-T, PCIe and A/V decoding with 3D comb filter option, enables integration and lowers the system BOM while accelerating time-to-market. The chip is ideal for TV integration into notebooks, desktops and PC-based consumer devices such as STBs and personal video recorders. The device's 19-by-19mm BGA package and low power consumption make it a suitable solution for ExpressCard and Mini Card applications.

The parts, which are said to achieve the lowest power consumption as well as the smallest form factor in the industry, are expandable to a dual-channel configuration via an extra set of digital audio and video input interfaces. All versions are supported by Micronas' driver binaries for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Linux. The dual functionality of the APB 71x6/8I helps customers enable high performance, video quality and system cost savings.

"Micronas is proud to present its latest nGene PCIe controller family member, offering analog and digital TV integration for the North American and European markets," said Kai Scheffer, director marketing PC at Micronas. "With immediate availability of reference designs for notebooks and desktops, Micronas has lowered the barrier for ODMs to add cost-effective TV tuner support to mass-market PCs shipping this year."

MicViper 1H-MC is the reference design for notebooks, integrating a complete hybrid PC-TV receiver in a Mini Card form factor. The reference design, for the U.S. market, is capable of free-to-air ATSC, QAM and analog content reception. A future upgrade is planned for the European market.

MicViper/MicPython 1H-X is a PCIe x1 half-height add-in card reference design for desktop PCs, integrating a complete hybrid PC-TV receiver. It offers several options, making it the design choice for mainstream media center applications. These options include APB 7106I (Hybrid DVB-T with PAL/NTSC 3D Comb), APB 7116I (Hybrid DVB-T), APB 7108I (Hybrid ATSC/QAM with PAL/NTSC 3D Comb) and APB 7118I (Hybrid ATSC/QAM).

All versions are pin compatible and are housed in an LFBGA-324 19-by-19mm package.




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