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Audio/video decoder chip chosen for PCTV board
5 November 2003, News

Royal Philips Electronics has announced a key customer win for its industry-proven A/V decoder chip solution, the SAA7134. Pinnacle Systems has chosen Philips' SAA7134 A/V decoder chip for its PCTV stereo product. This next-generation stereo TV tuner board transforms a PC into a TV and personal video recorder (PVR), as well as an output to recordable CD or DVD from the included CD/DVD writer software.

According to Philips, the SAA7134 single decoder chip solution is flexible in its design, with re-usable components, reducing overall investment for Pinnacle Systems and other manufacturers. Furthermore, it detects and decodes all worldwide analog TV video formats, all European TV stereo formats, and delivers consumers with exceptional picture quality.

In the future, the connected consumer at large will be able to seamlessly share content amongst various entertainment and information platforms, believes Philips. The reception of TV content on the PC is just one example of this. Today's PCTV market is driven by quality sound and video reception, multisource flexible recording possibilities, ease of use, along with the possibility to combine TV-centric features, such as teletext, close caption and PC Internet services. According to Jon Peddie Research, computer-based TV tuners have gone from novelty to essential capability, and PCs will continue to gain momentum as entertainment centres in the years to come. The research firm also estimates that already 30 million computer users have systems that can tune in TV signals.

The SAA7134 is a single-chip, multistandard TV video and stereo decoder solution that delivers superior picture quality and advanced video features proven in other SAA713x devices. In peripheral component interconnect (PCI) configurations, the SAA7134 enjoys full use of PC streaming capabilities by outputting decoded video, audio and vertical blanking interval (VBI) samples.

For more information contact Mutronics (Value Added Distributor), 011 608 1460.

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