LAS VEGAS -- Nogatech Inc. this week launched an enhancement chip to its NT1004, forming the industry's first chip set to provide advanced features for PC and TV integration, the company said at the NAB 2000 show in Las Vegas.
The NT 1005 adds capabilities for simultaneous viewing of teletext and data streaming for Vertical Blank Interval (VBI), which enables support for Intercast and Multicast Internet broadcasting protocols. The new chip also features an interface for infrared remote control.
The NT1004 chip, which enables video, audio and data to be streamed across the USB channel to PC set-top boxes, cable modems and computer displays, has been integrated in a wide variety of products, from USB-based PC-TVs to digital video applications, Nogatech claimed.
"The introduction of the NT1005 TV enhancement chip is a direct response to our customers' interest in adding functionality to their PC-TV products," said Arie Heiman, president and CEO of Kfar Saba, Israel-based Nogatech. "As the emerging market for Internet and TV convergence products develops, and consumers become increasingly sophisticated, we are committed to delivering our customers the innovations they need to stay competitive."
The NT1005 chip also includes an infrared remote control interface, which enables PC-TV manufacturers to add remote control capabilities to their PC-TV products, further reinforcing the convergence of TV and Internet.
The NT1005 chip enhances the NT1004 by providing data streaming for VBI, the standard technique for transmitting digital data such as closed-captions simultaneously with analog video. Nogatech's technology enables VBI information to be detected by PC-TVs so that television, VBI and Internet capabilities can be integrated in the same product. This means that PC-TV products that utilize the NT1005 chip can receive Intercast and Multicast broadcasts, which are fastbecoming the standard protocols for Internet broadcasting, according to Nogatech.
The NT1005 chip is available immediately from Nogatech. Pricing information was not avaliable.