STMicroelectronics announced it is sampling the STm8000, a single-chip, audio-video full-duplex codec for the DVD and HDD (hard disk drive) recorder market. The STm8000 with its open and flexible architecture brings audio/video encoding to DVD or HDD recording products and includes state-of-the-art DVD player features.
The STm8000 offers manufacturers of full DVD recorders, DVRs (digital video recorders), and convergence products a cost-effective solution with an unrivalled set of features, including: analog TV recording, digital free-to-air broadcast support, time shifting, DV movie transfer-to-disc, memory-card reading, DivX decoding, WMA Decoding,
and DVD Audio.
According to independent market analyst Techno System Research, the market for integrated DVD-recordable equipment will grow dramatically over the next few years, from around 4.5 million units in 2003 to 12M units in 2004 and 18M units in 2005.
"Capitalizing on our long-term technology leadership in MPEG decoding, the STm8000 fulfills the needs of all the new emerging markets that require MPEG encoding/decoding solutions that meet the two key criteria of low cost and fast time-to-market," said Bob Krysiak, Group VP and director of ST's DVD division.
The STm8000, which numerous digital consumer equipment manufacturers are currently designing-into their systems, addresses all DVD recorder formats, including DVD+RW, DVD-RW and DVD-RAM, and is ideal for the next-generations of consumer equipment. This encompasses 'home gateways,' audio/video convergence products, and highly-connected
devices and products. The STm8000 is priced below $25 in 10k quantities.
ST is also developing a complete DVD-recorder reference platform based on the STm8000. The platform will be released for customer evaluation in Q1 2004 and will allow manufacturers to quickly introduce DVD and/or HDD recorders with a rich set of features at an optimal cost.
Thanks to the high degree of flexibility of the STm8000-based platform, an extremely high level of customization will be possible, meeting the needs of even the most demanding customers.