LAS VEGAS -- NEC Corp. today announced a dedicated personal digital recorder (PDR) chip that supports XTV, an advanced PDR technology that integrates with set-top boxes, and makes it possible to personalize interactive television using mass storage on a hard disk.
XTV is a technology developed by NDS Group plc, a British company majority-owned by News Corp. that develops software and interactive systems for electronic security and delivery of entertainment and information a wide range of devices. NEC, of Tokyo, announced the PDR chip today at the NAB 2000 show in Las Vegas.
The NEC PD82885µ companion chip is designed to support not only
core PDR requirements such as simultaneous record and playback but also
provides advanced functionality to enable features such as enhanced quality
fast forward, rewind and slow motion. The chip is fully compliant with NDS'
XTV, a third-generation PDR technology,
NEC and NDS have worked together to develop, design and integrate NDS-specific requirements into the PD82885µ. This solution complements NEC's Emma family of single chip devices digital set top boxes devices that provide the core technology for interactive digital TV functions.
"We believe that the PDR is just what the consumer is looking for," said Tetsuya Hikino, managing
director, NEC Electronics (UK) Ltd. "This type of product will give the TV viewer more feeling of being in control -- effectively being able to tune in to their personal channel of live or recorded material. . . . The potential of this new market is only just beginning to be understood."
"NDS has worked with NEC in the past and they have shown their ability to develop leading silicon solutions," said Jas Saini, vice president of consumer sevices at NDS. "This development with NEC has been important, and having the availability of NEC's solution is a key component in making XTV a reality and the gold standard for PDRs."
Both NEC and NDS are core members of the TV Anytime Forum, which is driving standards needed to enable a wider industry to benefit from personalized television solutions.