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Philips Introduces A New Family Of Audio/Video Decoders

Royal Philips Electronics today introduced a new family of audio/video decoders to enhance the consumer experience of the digital home. By integrating multi-standard stereo and a seamless interface with advanced silicon tuner solutions into the new SAA7136 and SAA7137 decoder family, Philips is enabling consumers to experience high-fidelity stereo and 480p/576p component video capture, in wireless TV, media gateways, digital media adapters and other emerging applications. Prices are claimed to be approximately 20% lower than for older generation stand-alone analog stereo and video decoder solutions.

A number of Philips’ reference design partners, PC and consumer electronics customers, such as Sling Media, will introduce technologies with this solution at CES 2006. Sling Media’s Slingbox enables consumers to watch their living room TV programming from wherever they are by turning virtually any Internet-connected Windows-based laptop or desktop PC into a personal TV. The Slingbox redirects, or "placeshifts," a single live TV stream from a cable box, satellite receiver or digital video recorder (DVR) to the viewer's PC-located anywhere in the home or anywhere in the world, via the Internet.

The new family builds on Philips' first generation A/V decoders by incorporating a variety of features, including 10-bit analog-to-digital conversion, enhanced Macrovision Detection, support for 480p/576p component video capture, and 1080i/720p downscaling. The new SAA7136, packaged in BGA-256, and the SAA7137, packaged in SQFP-208, are supported by Philips MACH-III (Mini-module Advanced Carrier Hardware) Evaluation System.

Samples of Philips' family of A/V decoder solutions are now available to lead reference design partners and major CE and PC OEMs.

Source: Royal Philips Electronics

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