GENEVA--STMicroelectronics today announced it has become the first chip supplier to offer an integrated frontend solution for DVD players, packing all the functions for analog pre-processing, servo control, channel decoding, and error correction on a 0.18-micron CMOS die.
"This device--the first in the world to integrate everything from analog pre-processing to DSP, microcontroller and embedded memories--places ST at the forefront of the DVD frontend market," stated Bob Krysiak, general manager of the company's DVD Division. "Coupled with our long-standing leadership in backend chips, it puts us in pole position in the race to integrate today's separate frontend and backend devices into a single DVD-on-chip solution," he added.
The new L6315 frontend IC is optimized for use with ST's Omega i55xx DVD backend decoders. The frontend IC was developed in cooperation with Thomson SA's multimedia business group under a strategic partnership recently expanded by the two companies (see Jan. 10 story).
The L6315 device supports playback of all popular DVD and CD disk formats, from CD-audio to DVD-RW and DVD+RW playback, ST said. The chip also integrates a microcontroller, a dedicated core for digital signal processing, an analog interface that connects to the photo detector on all popular DVD pick-ups, plus all digital circuits needed to perform functions such as channel decoding and error correction, said the European IC supplier.
The DVD frontend IC is housed in TQFP144 package. ST did not release pricing information about the new chip.