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Advanced DVD codec delivers complete connectivity

Milpitas, Calif. — Magnum Semiconductor Corp. has introduced its MS9410 advanced DVD codec IC at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The newest member of Magnum's MS94xx series of DVD encoder and consumer entertainment system controller chips is said to bring new levels of visual quality to consumer video recording, as well as provide complete connectivity solutions for receiving, storing, and sharing consumer media contents.

Connecting living room video recorders to digital broadcast, portable electronics, PCs and the web, typical inputs to the MS9410 include a MPEG-2 transport stream from a digital broadcast, NTSC and PAL video from analog broadcasts or VCR decks, and images and video from digital cameras and camcorders. The device encodes video and audio, and can write to all of the popular consumer writable optical formats including DVD-R, DVD-R/W, DVD + R/W, and DVDRAM in both single- and dual-layer.

The MS9410 also supports a variety of popular playback formats. For video, these include the internet formats DivX Home Theater and Nero Digital. Magnum's proprietary Diagonally Enhanced Picture Formatting, or DEPF, an advanced de-interlacing process, provides high quality video playback. For audio, the MS9410 capabilities include MP3, AAC-LC and Windows Media Audio (WMA). In addition, the MS9410 can rip CD audio into MP3 files, enabling consumers to create a library of their favorite audio content in their home entertainment systems.

There are two ATAPI interfaces on the chip to enable simultaneous optical and hard disk connections, with high-speed dubbing between the two drives. The MS9410 also integrates a USB 2.0 OTG High-Speed MAC and PHY and fully supports host and slave modes in mass storage, audio and video classes. It allows many options for external memory, from USB hard drives to small flash memory drives, and provides facilities for connecting to a variety of popular consumer platforms or computer networks.

Magnum offers a full software stack for the MS9410, including DVD authoring and playback, time-shifting, networking, and USB drivers. There is a digital broadcast solution for the MS9410 platform with full support for the European DVB-T format including fully certified MHEG5.

The MS9410 is packaged in a 21 x 21-mm 472 BGA package optimized for 2-layer PCB layout for cost-conscious consumer applications.

Availability: Samples and volume production are available.
Product information: MS9400 advanced DVD codec

For other products showcased at CES, go to: www.eetimes.com/conf/ces.

Magnum Semiconductor , www.magnumsemi.com

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