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

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2006 08:48:54 -0500

Could it be that Micronas is targeting integrated TV receivers with 
this chip? If so, FCC regulations require the ATSC tuner.


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.
>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.
>Copyright 2006 Micronas, All rights reserved
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