EINDHOVEN, the Netherlands -- Philips Semiconductors today said it has become the first chip company to ship a multi-standard, high-definition video codec IC for personal computers, notebook PCs, and consumer electronics in the mass market.
The new HD codec can reduce board space by 75% compared to older chip sets that require separate video encoders and decoders, according to Philips.
The SAA7108A/09A high-definition codec supports PC-generated content, 3-D games, decoded TV broadcasts, and high-resolution graphics, said the Dutch chip maker. Philips also said the codec chip supports the widest range of video graphics array (VGA) resolutions--from 320-by-200 to 1,280-by-1,024 pixels--allowing "instant TV-out" viewing capability without having to change graphics modes.
"While targeted primarily for use in PC applications, the chip's small form factor and attractive price point also make it versatile for a variety of consumer electronic applications," said Jerome Morris, marketing manager for Philips Semiconductors. The codec is expected to serve such consumer products as set-top boxes, personal video recorders, DVDs, digital VCRs, web boxes, and video conferencing applications.
The 156-pin codec's incorporates 9-bit analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) and 10-bit DACs, compared to 8-bit ADCs and 9-bit DACs in competing devices, Philips said. The new HD video decoder combines a two-channel analog preprocessing circuit, automatic clamp and gain control, a clock generation circuit (CGC), and a digital multi-standard decoder supporting PAL, NTSC and SECAM television broadcast formats.
The video codec is currently shipping in 156-ball BGA package. Pricing for the SAA7108A/09A is less than $18 each in quantities of 10,000, said Philips.