ANAHEIM, Calif. -- During the Infocomm International 2000 trade show here, Philips Semiconductors launched a single-chip, multi-standard 9-bit video decoder, with on-chip copy protection detection.
"Our new 9-bit decoder chip has all of the capabilities necessary to digitize any analog video source," said Michael Malloy, product marketing manager for the chip subsidiary of Royal Philips Electronics N.V., based in Einhoven, the Netherlands. "The SAA7118's component video processing capabilities will push the envelope for image quality in the video display market," he stated.
Philips said its new SAA7118 chip is designed to bring component video capability to emerging video applications for PC peripherals and consumer infotainment systems. The chip supports all standard video formats,including Composite, S-Video, Component Video and European RGB/SCART. The device is packed in a 156-pin ball-grid array (BGA), measuring 15-by-15-mm, making it suitable for compact and mobile systems products, such as ultra-portable data/video projectors, according to the company.
Philips also claimed that the SAA7118 is the first video decoder chip to receive full certification in accordance with Macrovision Corp.'s newly-issued Copy Protection Detect Specification (Revision 1.00). The Macrovision technology is designed to ensure that source programming remains protected throughout the entire analog to digital conversion process, thus preventing permanent recording of copyrighted and copy protected content.
"Protecting source programming from illicit copying and piracy during
analog to digital conversion is a key factor driving the growth of the
digital video broadcast and personal video recording (PVR) markets," Malloy said.
Philips is making available an evaluation system for the SAA7118 decoder, including installation and user's guide, complete software toolkit, AC adapter, IC interface and selected video cables. Philips said the video decoder chip is now in volume production. Pricing for the SAA7118 is below $25 in quantities of 10,000.