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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

HERZLIYA, Israel , Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Horizon Semiconductors, a leading provider of highly integrated silicon solutions that enable secure video and audio compression & transmission for the consumer electronics and home entertainment markets, announced the immediate availability of the industry's first single chip multi-standard dual-channel HD Decoder with integrated Encoder/Transcoder for the Cable and Satellite Set-Top Box, Digital Video Recorder and Home Media Center markets.

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The Hz4120 and Hz3120 integrate real time dual HD AVC, VC-1, DV/HDV orMPEG2/4 decoder & AVC, VC1, MPEG2/4 encoder/transcoder, along with an advanced audio processor, embedded application CPU, 2D/3D graphics accelerator and multi-plane display processor into a single chip, thus enabling end-users tosubstantially benefit from the lower cost, smaller size and improved features of next-generation STBs and media players. Furthermore, the Hz4120 and Hz3120embed a variety of advanced interfaces and security features targeted to meetthe specific design characteristics of the Cable and Satellite markets respectively. STBs with Horizon's integrated SoC solutions will allow operators to provide current and future subscribers with advanced services including more hours of stored programs, transfer of video and audio contentto portable media players, cell phones & game consoles, and location-free(place-shifting) TV at home and over the network.

"Since Horizon's inception over four years ago, we have stealthily made anumber of significant technology and product breakthroughs across the range ofthe markets we serve," said Amir Morad, Horizon's President and CEO. "Our internally developed rich IP portfolio now enables a new breed of advanced STBproducts designed to provide significant functionality, feature set and cost improvements. With the Hz4120 and Hz3120, Horizon has leapfrogged theintegration path of its competitors."

Hz4120 and Hz3120 integrated HD Encoder/Transcoder uses advanced ultra-wide range motion estimation, adaptive picture quality analysis and rate control algorithms to provide real time HD 1920x1080 at the highest encodingquality, at bit rates previously achievable only by offline software encoders,significantly reducing the STB disk storage requirements, as well as enablinglow-bandwidth high-definition video/audio transcoding and transmissionapplications.

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