EINDHOVEN, The Netherlands -- Philips Semiconductors here and Stream Machine Co. have developed a digital video reference design based on Philips' TriMedia TM-1300 processor and the Stream Machine SM2210 video codec.
The reference design provides audio and video encoding and decoding, and supports simultaneous recording and playback. Philips Semiconductors will demonstrate this design at the Hotel Berlin during the Internationale Funkausstellung 1999 (IFA 99), Aug. 30 through Sept. 3.
Philips' TM-1300 media processor supports Dolby Digital audio encoding and decoding, DVD descrambling, system control and user interface. Stream Machine's SM2210 supports real-time MPEG-2 video encoding and decoding using a variable bit rate (VBR) MPEG-2 encoding technique.
At the same average bit-rate, VBR provides higher video quality than traditional constant bit rate (CBR) MPEG-2 encoding. "The TriMedia processor, Stream Machine video codec, and VBR encoding technology are a perfect combination for a flexible digital video recorder for the consumer market," said Cees Hartgring, vice president and general manager of Philips Semiconductors' TriMedia business line.
"The SM2210 and TM-1300 together provide innovative solutions for the digital living room," said Michael Canning, president and CEO of Stream Machine, based in San Jose. Stream Machine specializes in semiconductor solutions using standards-based digital audio/video compression algorithms for the consumer electronics market.
Philips Semiconductors' TriMedia processes up to five instructions with each clock cycle, a high level of performance necessary for multimedia applications. The TriMedia software compiler handles the complex instruction scheduling, and allows a TriMedia processor to be programmed entirely in C/C++ programming languages.
The video reference design and software will be available from Philips Semiconductors and Stream Machine early in the fourth quarter of 1999.