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HDTV decoders carry analog copy protection

Posted: 28 Nov 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:HDTV decoders? copy protection? analog video?

Conexant Systems Inc. a provider of semiconductor solutions for broadband communications and the digital home, has certified DCS Ltd's analog copy protection technology on its CX2427X and CX2450X MPEG video decoder families. DCS develops proprietary copy protection solutions that enable broadcast operators to protect cost-effectively analog video content in pay-TV applications such as video-on-demand. Conexant's video decoding solutions are targeted at personal video recording (PVR) enabled STBs that are used to receive HDTV programming in worldwide networks.

According to Lewis Brewster, executive VP and general manager of Conexant's broadband media processing business, "Preventing the piracy of valuable programming content is a top priority for broadcast operators worldwide, many of which now require support for multiple copy protection schemes. Supporting DCS' security technology in our market-leading video decoders allows us to meet this prerequisite, and offer our customers a vendor-certified analog content-protection solution."

Noted Mazen Abdine, CEO of DCS, "We make our analog protection technology available to MPEG semiconductor companies and set-top box manufacturers on a royalty-free basis. As a result, Conexant can now offer its customers an economical anti-theft solution that complies with studio requirements for analog copy protection."

Conexant's highly integrated CX2427X is an advanced dual-channel video decoder that includes several features that enable unsurpassed performance including a powerful processor and next-generation DDR-2 memory technology. It is capable of decoding two HDTV programs simultaneously, and supporting PVR applications on up to two TV sets. This eliminates the need for a dedicated STB receiver for each TV, enabling consumers to watch or record concurrently up to four different programs on TVs located in different rooms. The CX2450X is a single-channel video decoder that is targeted at mass market STBs with PVR support. It shares a common core architecture with the CX2427X, providing manufacturers with a cross-platform software solution that allows them to address cost-effectively multiple market segments. Both devices support the delivery of high-definition MPEG-2, H.264 and VC-1 encoded digital video streams in PVR-enabled STBs.

- Dennis Barker
Digital TV Designline

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