SkyTune Announces First Sub-$100 DTV Receiver Reference Design.FREMONT, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 11, 1999--
PC Reference Design Developed with Oren Semiconductor will Support
Broadband Internet Datacasting and HDTV (High Definition TV) A set of digital television (DTV) standards that offer the highest resolution and sharpest picture. Although some HDTV sets are available in standard (rather square) screen sizes, the overwhelming majority of sets are wide screen, which eliminates Software Decoding
SkyTune today announced the first sub-$100 reference design for PC-based digital television (DTV (Digital TeleVision) Transmitting TV using digital signals. The major DTV standards are ATSC (North America), DVB (Europe) and ISDB (Japan). All three use MPEG-2 video compression and Dolby Digital audio compression. DVB and ISDB also include MPEG audio compression. ) receivers.
SkyTune's PCI (1) (Payment Card Industry) See PCI DSS.
(2) (Peripheral Component Interconnect) The most widely used I/O bus (peripheral bus). reference design, called the SKYDTV99, is based on its SKY951VP chip announced earlier this year and the OR51210 VSB (1) (VME Subsystem Bus) An auxiliary "backdoor" protocol on the VME bus that allows high-speed transfer between devices. It was faster than the main bus before the 64-bit implementation arrived. Demodulator See demodulate.
A device used to recover the original modulating signal from a modulated wave. A demodulator is also known as a detector. from Oren Semiconductor.
The SKYDTV99 will support third-party software applications to display High Definition TV. At Comdex, SkyTune will demonstrate full frame rate decoding of broadcast digital television signals using the SKYDTV99 DTV receiver card installed in an Intel Pentium III 600Mhz PC.
"SkyTune intends to be the leader in DTV reception on PCs and make broadband Internet datacasting possible," said Mike Noonen, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for SkyTune. "By working with Oren Semiconductor, SkyTune is the first to introduce a low-cost design that compliments the capabilities of ever-evolving personal computers."
"SkyTune's PC reference design will expand the market for DTV reception beyond the TV and create new services that will benefit both the consumer and broadcaster," said Richard Miller, President of Oren Semiconductor.
Evaluation samples of the SKYDTV99 reference design and demonstration software are available from SkyTune. Software applications and drivers for ATSC datacasting will be available by the end of this year. SkyTune's ATSC datacasting applications and drivers will support the entire SkyTune family of DTV solutions including the recently announced SKY5201 in development.
About the SKY951VP
The SKY951VP is a next generation PCI video decoder designed for digital television and datacasting applications. The SKY951VP is designed for Windows 98 and complies with PC99 recommendations. These include implementation of On-Now power management, linked page table (Scatter and Gather) DMA (1) (Digital Media Adapter) See digital media hub.
(2) (Document Management Alliance) A specification that provides a common interface for accessing and searching document databases. and byte-aligned DMA.
About the Oren OR51210
The Oren OR51210 is a single-chip front-end solution for terrestrial ATSC reception that incorporates both VSB signal demodulation and forward error correction A communications technique that can correct bad data on the receiving end. Before transmission, the data are processed through an algorithm that adds extra bits for error correction. If the transmitted message is received in error, the correction bits are used to repair it. (FEC See forward error correction.
FEC - Forward Error Correction ). The device uses a unique DSP approach for demodulation and channel equalization, which delivers both high performance and low power consumption. Internal micro-code controls all required functions including signal acquisition, timing recovery and equalizer training.
SkyTune is a leading manufacturer of digital television and datacasting semiconductors and software for Personal Computers and Communications appliances. Formerly known as Auravision, the company draws upon its expertise in video decoding, PC architecture, and integrated circuit design to provide mass market, worldwide solutions.
The company is headquartered at 47865 Fremont Boulevard, Fremont, Calif. 94538. For more information, call 800-681-3707. Obtain more product information and news at www.SkyTune.com.
About Oren Semiconductor
Oren Semiconductor Inc. is a privately held company privately held company
A firm whose shares are held within a relatively small circle of owners and are not traded publicly. in Silicon Valley. The company is in the business of developing and marketing integrated circuits that improve broadband communication and enhance image systems. The company's devices are currently used in consumer receiver systems such as televisions, VCRs, and set-top boxes. Additional company information is available at www.oren.com.
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