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Universal SoC promises true 1080/60p

Posted: 10 Oct 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:1080/60p? SoC? universal solution?

Horizon Semiconductors introduces what it claims to be the industry's first universal SoC solution that enables dual-channel true 1080/60p decoding for next-generation media players/recorders.

The Hz7220 supports a wide range of features and capabilities. These include conformance to video compression standards such as high-definition (HD) 1080/60p profiles of AVC/H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2 and DV/HDV; audio compression standards such as DTS-HD, Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby TrueHD; and HD DVD and Blu-ray HDi and BD-J (BD-Java) interactive technologies. It comes with a software stack compliant with both Blu-ray and HD DVD specifications, and a reference hardware platform.

Designed with the highest level of integration, the Hz7220 embeds a variety of technologies such as:

  • Dual-channel HD decoding at resolutions up to 1080/60p (1920 x 1080, 60 frames/sec) and bit rates of up to 50Mbps per channel.

  • Multistream decoder engine, supporting all mandatory video compression standards for HD DVD/Blu-ray: H.264 (AVC) Main and High Profile up to Level 4.2, VC-1 (SMPTE 421M) Advanced Profile @ Level 3, MPEG-2 MP@HL, DV/HDV etc.

  • Advanced display processor enabling multiple plane true color blending and HD Picture-in-Picture (PiP), flexible resizing, motion adaptive high-definition de-interlacing, and advanced motion-compensated picture enhancement.

  • HD (1920 x 1080) 2D and 3D graphics accelerator with dedicated HD sub-picture decoder and font-rendering engines.

  • Still image decoder and Thomson Multimedia's Film Grain Technology (FGT) accelerators.

  • Multichannel, multiformat audio encoder, decoder and special audio effects processor.

  • High-performance application CPU with MMU dedicated exclusively for running standard OS such as Linux or Microsoft Windows CE, as well as enabling manufacturer's specific tasks, in addition to a dedicated co-processor designed to materially offload the main application CPU.

  • Multistream high-bandwidth transport processor, designed to process up to seven external streams concurrently, as well as processing program/transport streams from DVD, HDD or IP network.

  • Advanced connectivity and peripherals, including 10/100/1G Ethernet, USB 2.0, IDE/ATAPI, SMPTE-292, Flash, I2C, SPI/SSI and UART.

  • DVI/HDMI output with integrated HDCP security.

  • IEEE 1394 (FireWire) with integrated DTCP security supporting direct camcorder & digital movie camera content streaming.

  • IR & UHF Remote control processor supporting IR/UHF keyboards and IR-Blaster.

  • Security processor with embedded secure OTP memory.

  • API, with the ability to accelerate and off-load host application code, as well as comprehensive universal optical disc (UOD) software stack supporting legacy and advanced blue laser disk profiles.

    "Consumers today are demanding higher standards of digital entertainment experiences that enhance the very personal environments of their home," said Amir Morad, president and CEO of Horizon, in a statement. "The Hz7220 natively supports true 1080/60p decoding and playback, and will thus accelerate the deployment of next-generation players/recorders devices, featuring superb video quality and unparalleled viewer's visual experience."

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