Milpitas, Calif. - Sigma Designs is working on a line of chips that can decode MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and the emerging MPEG-4 digital video standard. Samples are expected in the third quarter, with production to follow before the end of the year. Prices start at $29 in 10,000-piece quantities.
Keith Jack, director of product marketing, said the EM8470 series chips, based on Sigma's Realmagic video streaming technology, are intended for use in streaming video clients, advanced digital set-top boxes and next-generation interactive DVD players. Jack said the chips will make it easy for OEMs to incorporate streaming video, DVD playback, video-on-demand and video-over-Internet Protocol.
The chips will support the Internet Streaming Media Alliance and Microsoft Windows Media Technologies streaming formats. Video decode capabilities will include MPEG-1, MPEG-2 MP@ML and MPEG-4 advanced simple profile. Jack said the chips will coax HDTV resolution from standard DVDs.
Audio will include Dolby Digital AC-3, MPEG-1 Layers 1 and 2 and DVD-Audio linear PCM with sample rates of 32 to 192 kHz. Other features will include on-screen display, composite and s-video TV outputs, interlaced or progressive analog component video outputs, an S/PDIF digital output and stereo analog outputs.
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