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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Horizon Semiconductors announces the world's first single chip dual channel 1080/60p HD decoder & integrated transcoder for Cable and Satellite Set-Top Boxes

via PRNewswire

"Horizon's single-chip solution represents a significant milestone in theevolution of STB," said Leonid Yavits, Horizon's Chief Technology Officer."Operators are now compelled to offer entirely new advanced applicationsspanning from a 60fps decoding, transferring video/audio to portable mediaplayers and mobile devices, to place shifting and networked PVR. The Hz4120and Hz3120 will enable manufacturers to deliver advanced high-definition videoat very attractive consumer price points, and will play a pivotal role inenabling these advanced applications."

Product Information

The Hz4120 and Hz3120 are designed with the highest level of integration,embedding a variety of cutting edge technologies such as:

-- Powerful multi stream decoder and encoder engines, supporting real-time dual channel HD decoding or 12 channel SD decoding simultaneously with HD encoding/transcoding, using leading compression standards including: H.264 (AVC) Main and High Profile up to Level 4.2, VC-1 (SMPTE 421M) Advanced Profile @ Level 3, DV, HDV, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 at resolutions of up to 1080/60p (1920x1080, 60 frames/sec). -- Advanced display processor allowing multiple plane true color blending, flexible resizing, motion adaptive high-definition de-interlacing and advanced motion-compensated picture enhancement. -- High definition, powerful 2D and 3D graphics accelerator, supporting popular standards such as X Window System and OpenGL. -- Multi-channel multi-format audio encoder, decoder, and special audio effects processor, supporting leading standards such as: MPEG-1 Layer I and II, Dolby(R) Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, MP3, AAC/AAC-LC/AAC-HE, DTS and WMA. -- High performance application CPU with MMU, capable of running standard operating systems such as Linux or Microsoft Windows-CE. -- Multi-stream high bandwidth transport processor, designed to process up to 7 streams concurrently. -- Advanced video pre-processor, supporting temporal, spatial and non- linear adaptive noise reduction filter. -- Wide variety of advanced connectivity and peripherals including 10/100/1G Ethernet, USB 2.0, IDE/ATAPI, SMPTE-292, Flash, I2C, SPI/SSI, UART and others. -- DVI/HDMI output with integrated HDCP security. -- IEEE 1394 (FireWire) with integrated DTCP security (on Hz4120). -- IR & UHF Remote control processor supporting IR/UHF keyboards and IR- Blaster. -- World-class security processor with embedded secure OTP memory, enabling complete content protection in strict compliance with numerous CA/DRM schemes commonly used in the cable (Hz4120) and satellite (Hz3120) marketplace. -- Powerful, easy to use API, with the ability to accelerate and off-load host application code.

"A single-chip, low cost, standard-compliant SoC solution will drivevolume deployment of high-definition video transcoding & transmission,"commented Morad. "The introduction of a best-of-breed video quality single-chip dual channel decoder & encoder/transcoder SoC, coupled with ouraggressive pricing, will be the first step towards obsolescing decoder-onlyset-top boxes, while enabling location-free content access."

To facilitate faster time-to-market, Horizon is also announcing theimmediate availability of the HzR4120 and HzR3120 reference design kits. Thesefully operational cable/satellite STB products include PCB schematics, fullsoftware design kit and documentation.

About Horizon Semiconductors

Horizon Semiconductors is a leading provider of highly integrated siliconsolutions that enable secured video and audio compression & transmission forthe consumer electronics and home entertainment markets. Using proprietarytechnologies and advanced design methodologies, Horizon designs, develops andsupplies complete system-on-a-chip solutions and related hardware and softwareapplications. Horizon's diverse product portfolio includes solutions fordigital cable, satellite and IPTV Set-top boxes, DVD, HD-DVD and Blu-Rayplayers and recorders, HDTV, Digital Video Recorders and Home Media Centers.

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