[opendtv] Micronas/WISchip Unveils Multi-Format IPTV Design

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2006 17:45:52 -0500

Some time ago, I suggested to Craig that if IPTV becomes
commonplace, it too would get integrated into TV
appliances (i.e. TV monitors, recording devices, or
specialized STBs), along with cable, DTT, and possibly
also DBS reception hardware and software.

It appears that Micronas thinks IPTV has become or
will become commonplace enough to motivate such a move
now, although no mention of cable and DBS being
combined with IPTV. Only ATSC + IPTV mentioned here.


Jan. 5, 2006 - Trade News
Micronas/WISchip Unveils Multi-Format IPTV Design
Robust Video/Audio Decoding, Networking, Security and
Software Ecosystem Slash Costs, Speed Time-to-Market

CES 2006, LAS VEGAS, NV, January 5, 2006 - WISchip
International Ltd., a Micronas group company and
global provider of digital video and audio
semiconductor solutions, today unveiled its DeCypher
8100 IPTV reference design, the first in a series of
reference designs the company plans to produce based
upon its revolutionary DeCypher 8100 real-time
streaming media decoder SoC. Combining advanced,
network-ready video and audio decoding, hardware
accelerated security and a robust software ecosystem,
the Micronas/WISchip IPTV reference design offers
makers of consumer electronics products a turnkey
solution they can use to reduce the cost and speed
time-to-market for the next generation of IPTV
set-top boxes, digital TVs and HDTVs.

Micronas/WISchip is available for private briefings
and demonstrations of the DeCypher 8100 IPTV
reference design at the 2006 International Consumer
Electronics Show being held in Las Vegas Jan. 5-8,

The highly integrated reference design decodes high-
and standard-definition video formats including
H.264 (AVC/MPEG-4 part 10), VC-1/ WMV9 and
MPEG-4/-2/-1, and also supports audio decoding for
Dolby Digital, WMA, WMA Pro, AAC and MPEG audio
layers I, II and III (MP3) audio. Security and
digital rights management for current and emerging
standards are provided through a dedicated security
processor and hardware acceleration for
cryptographic functions. The reference design will
be supported by a broad array of operating systems,
middleware and application software.

"As the IPTV market ramps up, integration is the
name of the game for producing new products quickly
and cost effectively. This new reference design
builds upon our unique DeCypher 8100 SoC to make it
easier than ever for manufacturers to get to market
fast with highly differentiable product offerings,"
said Jim Nguyen, director of marketing with
Micronas/WISchip. "With IP networking and advanced
video compression rapidly becoming the backbone for
next-generation broadband video and interactive
services from Baby Bells, MSOs and others, our IPTV
reference design will deliver virtually everything
needed to ensure consumer electronics products are
ready for it."

Researchers at Infonetics Research predict that
worldwide IPTV revenue will hit $44 billion by 2009
with 53 million subscribers. The company said $304
million was spent on IPTV infrastructure last year,
and that figure is expected to grow to $4.5 billion
in 2009. Additionally, U.S. and other governments
around the world are currently drafting legislation
that will mandate the conversion to all-digital TV
in their respective countries over the course of
the next several years.

Working with its software partners, Micronas/WISchip
will be able to offer a flexible, robust software
ecosystem that supports both Linux and Windows CE
operating systems, various middleware stacks, wired
and wireless network protocols, application-level
solutions, as well as a wide variety of DRM and
access control schemes. The Micronas/WISchip
platform is also DLNA compliant, and supports
Microsoft UPnP and Apple Rendezvous for
zero-configuration network support.

The Micronas/WISchip DeCypher 8100 IPTV reference
design offers comprehensive connectivity, from wired
and wireless networking to analog and digital video
and audio outputs, as well as other I/O capabilities.
Network I/O includes two USB 2.0 ports, an RJ-45
10/100 wired Ethernet port and 802.11a/b+g/n wireless
Ethernet via the onboard mini-PCI. The onboard
Micronas ATSC digital TV demodulator DRX 3942H
supports free-to-air digital broadcast reception.
HDMI (YCbCr or RGB output), component video,
composite video, S-video, SCART and channel 3/4 RF
video outputs are provided, as well as 2-channel
stereo and 5.1-channel analog audio, optical and
coaxial S/PDIF digital audio and digital audio to
HDMI. Other I/O includes an ATAPI/IDE
controller/connector, IR remote control
input/receiver, front panel connector, Mini-PCI
connector and flash media connector supporting all
popular formats, as well as JTAG and serial
interfaces for development and debugging.

Availability and Pricing

The Micronas/WISchip DeCypher 8100 IPTV reference
design will be available in the first quarter of
2006. For pricing information, please contact
Micronas/WISchip sales at (408) 625-1200.

Further Information
About Micronas/WISchip
Since December 2005, WISchip International Ltd. is
a fully owned subsidiary of the Micronas Group.
Visit www.micronas.com for more information.

WISchip is a global provider of digital video and
audio semiconductor solutions that enable new
classes of powerful multimedia products. The
company's portfolio of high-performance,
low-power stand-alone and system-on-chip
integrated circuits incorporates next-generation
standards that enable system developers to quickly
bring leading-edge products to market. Patented
WISchip technology maximizes digital video and
audio quality in a wide range of end-user
computing, surveillance, and electronic
entertainment products. For more information,
visit www.wischip.com.

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