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

Horizon Semiconductors Sets in Motion Next Generation Location-Free Universal HD-DVD/Blu-Ray(TM) Decoder/Transcoder SoC

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HERZLIYA, Israel , November 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Horizon Semiconductors, aleading provider of highly integrated silicon solutions that enable securevideo and audio compression & transmission for the consumer electronics andhome entertainment markets, announces the immediate availability of the industry's first universal System-On-a-Chip (SoC) solution enabling dual channel native 1080/60p decoding, encoding and transcoding for next generation media players/recorders supporting the HD-DVD and Blu-Ray(TM)optical disc formats (as well as legacy red laser DVD format),iVDRs, placeshifting boxes and location-free TV markets requirements on a single platform.

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Horizon's Hz7120 HD-DVD/Blu-Ray SoC supports wide range of features andcapabilities including conformance to leading video compression standardssuch as native high-definition 1080/60i & 1080/60p profiles of AVC/H.264,VC-1, MPEG-2 and DV/HDV, leading audio compression standards such as DTS-HD,Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby TrueHD, as well as HD-DVD and Blu-Ray HDi andBD-J (BD-Java) interactive technologies. The Hz7120 is provided with acomprehensive software stack compliant with both Blu-ray & HD DVDspecifications, and a reference hardware platform designed to significantlyaccelerate OEM/ODM development cycle.

"Consumers are not really sure which player format will prevail, and willnaturally wait for lower cost native 1080p60 universal HD-DVD/Blu-Rayplayback & recording platform,", said Amir Morad, President and CEO ofHorizon Semiconductors. "Consumers also want the flexibility of watchingcontent wherever they like, and will therefore naturally prefer devicesincorporating higher quality, low bitrate transcoding & integrated iVDRsupport, as offered in Horizon's Hz7120 SoC."

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The Hz7120 is designed with the highest level of integration, embedding avariety of cutting edge technologies such as:

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