Zoran begins sampling DVD recorder on a chip - Embedded.com

Zoran begins sampling DVD recorder on a chip

MANHASSET, N.Y. — Zoran Corp. has begun to sample the Activa 200, an advanced DVD player/recorder system-on-a-chip that integrates the DVD read/write front-end and back-end functions.

Zoran (Sunnyvale, Calif.) developed the Activa 200 chip with a fully digital, optimized DVD recordable front end technology (read/write channel, servo, data processor, CPU), integrated with the audio/video back-end functions (MPEG decode/encode CPU, analog video decoder/encoder, and progressive scan output) on a single system-on-a-chip (SoC).

Zoran also developed the companion Activa 250 analog front-end chip as an RF signal processing solution, optimized to work with the most popular optical pickup units (OPUs) and loader mechanisms.

The Activa 200 and Activa 250 are the main components of a complete turnkey chipset for DVD recording. The solution includes an easy to use graphical user interface, enabling consumer electronics manufacturers to achieve lower overall product development cost and shorter time-to-market for DVD recorder products.

Zoran’s solution could boost the digital video recorder market, which will be subject to FCC regulations requiring all TV peripherals to integrate digital TV signal broadcast capability by March 1, 2007.

“By developing and integrating all the complex front-end and back-end functions of DVD recording, Zoran has greatly reduced the complexity of the DVD recorder. This technology breakthrough enables reliable high quality recording systems that our DVD recorder customers can deliver at retail pricesclose to those of DVD players,” said Dr. Jinxing Liu, senior vice president, general manager DVD division at Zoran, in a statement.

Zoran expects that production of Activa 200-based DVD recorders will begin early next year.

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