Could it be that Micronas is targeting integrated TV receivers with this chip? If so, FCC regulations require the ATSC tuner. Regards Craig At 5:45 PM -0500 1/5/06, Manfredi, Albert E wrote: >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. > >Bert > >---------------------------------------------- >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, >2006. > >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. 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