KAWASAKI, Japan, SANTA CLARA, Calif., DUESSELDORF, Germany — 22 Mar 2004 -
NEC Electronics Corporation and its subsidiaries in the United States and Europe, NEC Electronics America, Inc. and NEC Electronics (Europe) GmbH, announced today that the companies are now sampling the µPD61181, the industry’s first DVD recorder codec integrated circuit (IC) to incorporate all necessary functions for back-end audio video processing for emerging DVD recorder applications. Integrated in the single system LSI chip are a three-dimensional (3D) luminance/chrominance (Y/C) separator, digital video (DV) format decoder and IEEE 1394 A/V link controller, as well as an A/V compression/decompression codec, a graphics controller, a video display controller and a high-performance CPU, the functions conventionally configured with multiple LSI chips. This new IC provides advantages such as more versatility, higher picture recording quality, greater savings in storage space, and lower costs for DVD recorders in hard disk drive (HDD) applications.
“Our customers are demanding higher versatility and greater cost reductions at the system level to differentiate their DVD recorder products,” said Shigeo Niitsu, general manager, 2nd System LSI Division, NEC Electronics Corporation. "We are proud to bring to market this highly integrated codec IC based on our market-proven system LSI technology and believe it will contribute to a more rapid expansion of the DVD recorder market.”
NEC Electronics’ µPD61181 features a 3D Y/C-capable television (TV) video decoder that suppresses the “cross chrominance” and/or “cross luminance” effects seen in conventional 2D Y/C separation designs and enables high-quality picture recording of analog TVs. The codec IC also provides DV picture recording and storage space-saving advantages. Together with an external IEEE 1394 PHY device, the µPD61181 provides an easy connection for digital AV equipment such as digital-VHS or DV camcorders. Furthermore, through the on-chip DV decoder, it provides such direct media conversion as from DV tapes to DVD discs. The codec IC can also capture video pictures from digital AV equipment for storage on a DVD or the DVD recorder’s HDD. In addition, the product features set top box (STB) functions and ensures compliance with all major digital broadcasting standards.
By effective integration and the unified memory technology, the µPD61181 architecture also makes it possible to eliminate the needs for five LSI devices and simplify system configurations, resulting in smaller footprints and lower overall costs.
About NEC Electronics DVD Recorder Solutions
In April 2003, NEC Electronics introduced its µPD61171 LSI DVD recorder codec and its µPD61171 software development tool kit. The µPD64011B TV video decoder, with 3D Y/C separation capability, and the µPD72891B/72893B LSI DV codec, incorporating an IEEE 1394 link layer controller, have earned broad market acceptance.
Engineering samples of the µPD61181 are available now. Mass production is scheduled to start in October 2004 with monthly production volumes expected to reach 500,000 units by April 2005. Availability is subject to change.
About NEC Electronics Corporation
NEC Electronics (TSE: 6723) worldwide specializes in semiconductor products encompassing advanced technology solutions for the high-end computing and broadband networking markets, system solutions for the mobile handsets, PC peripherals, automotive and digital consumer markets, and platform solutions for a wide range of customer applications. NEC Electronics Corporation has 24 subsidiaries worldwide including NEC Electronics America, Inc. (www.necelam.com) and NEC Electronics (Europe) GmbH (www.ee.nec.de). In addition to marketing, selling and supporting NEC Electronics products to customers in their respective regions, NEC Electronics America and NEC Electronics Europe also operate local manufacturing facilities in Roseville, California, and Ballivor, Ireland, respectively. Additionally, NEC Electronics America for North America and NEC Electronics Europe for Europe are the sales and marketing channels of NEC AM-LCD and PDP modules. For additional information about NEC Electronics worldwide, visit www.necel.com.