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IDTV platform reduces motion blur in flat-panel TVs

Posted: 25 Aug 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IDTV platform? motion blur reduction? flat-panel TV? HDTV?


Micronas has introduced the Pegasus IDTV (Integrated Digital Television) scalable platform, which enables manufacturers to develop global HDTVs that feature picture performance with 100Hz/120Hz motion blur reduction.

Targeted for the next-generation flat-panels, the Pegasus platform also offers personal media playback, home networking, and Digital Sound Projector options.

The Pegasus platform features a Full-HD 1080p single-chip solution for flat-panel IDTVs: VCT-PlatinumD is the latest system processor from Micronas and performs all functions related to analog and digital MPEG-2 broadcast reception, decoding, picture improvement and display. It also includes a USB 2.0 interface to allow users to plug in USB memory sticks and quickly play back video clips, MP3 audio files, and JPEG pictures.

Micronas' DRX-J and DRX-K demodulators enable the Pegasus platform to support either ATSC or DVB digital broadcast for global deployment.

"Responding to the growing market requirements to decode H.264, VC-1, and MPEG-4 HD and SD streams, the Pegasus platform includes Micronas' new MDX-H multimedia accelerator IC," says Wladimir Punt, director of TV marketing at Micronas. "MDX-H works seamlessly with VCT-PlatinumD and is able to decode an extensive list of audio and video content delivered either over the broadcast network, USB interface, or network connection."

In addition, Pegasus platform includes Micronas' FRC-Q frame-rate converter IC, which eliminates drawbacks like motion blur and film judder and drives HD panels at 100Hz or 120Hz. The company also offers a range of audio enhancement features and supports third-party offerings such as BBE, Dolby and SRS for optimum sound. The optional Digital Sound Projector feature delivers quality sound and solves the audio shortcomings of flat-panel TVs, bridging the gap to high-end home theater systems.

As an integral part of the Pegasus platform, Micronas offers a complete Linux-based software stack for both analog and digital TV functionality. Middleware for both DVB and ATSC are also available, and a customizable GUI enables TV manufacturers to apply their unique "look and feel." With the Linux OS, third party software suppliers can port their DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) and network-connected software applications to the Pegasus platform to enable advanced IDTV functionality.

The Pegasus platform, featuring the VCT-PlatinumD, MDX-H, DRX-K/J and FRC-Q devices, will be available in Q4 08.

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