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Zoran introduces pay satellite and cable STB processors

SUNNYVALE, CA–Zoran Corporation announced its new SupraTV 260 family of highly integrated processors for pay cable and satellite set-top boxes is now sampling.

The SupraTV 260 processor is used in a new family of China Cable Set-Top Boxes from DVN demonstrated at the International Broadcast Convention (IBC) 2008 at the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition Center, September 12-16. Zoran's SupraTV 260-based reference design for global cable and satellite set-top box markets also will be demonstrated in its private meeting room in Hall 1, Mezzanine Level, Balcony suite B9.

“DVN used Zoran's two previous generations of SupraTV' processors in the design of our China Cable Set-Top Boxes. We chose the new SupraTV' 260 processor for our next generation of China Cable Set-Top boxes because it offers significant advances in integration, performance, user interfaces, and a lower bill of materials. We expect the new models to enter volume production in the coming months,” said Terry Lui, chief executive officer of DVN Holdings, a leading provider of digital transmission platforms for Pay TV and Cable TV markets in China.

“We are delighted that new set-top box products based on our SupraTV' processors will be deployed by DVN. The SupraTV' 260 processor is optimized for global standard definition MPEG-2 cable set-top boxes. We believe Zoran's integration and feature set delivers a leading edge solution for the China Cable market, as well as other emerging global cable markets such as India and new segments in the U.S.,” said Ram Ofir, senior vice president, general manager Zoran's home entertainment division.

The SupraTV 260 family of processors is optimized for pay cable and satellite set-top boxes using standard definition MPEG-2. Advanced features enabling manufacturers to offer highly differentiated products even in cost-sensitive markets include: 10/100 Ethernet MAC, digital video recording hardware and software including picture-in-picture based on USB 2.0 hard drives, MPEG-4 Advanced Simple Profile and JPEG hardware decoding, NDS ICAM and other advanced security (enabled in the SupraTV 265 version), Broadcast Television Systems Committee (BTSC) encoding for U.S. cable, and USB 2.0 for decoding external files using various formats.

The SupraTV 260 family integrates a high performance MIPS32 CPU with a Memory Management Unit supporting 16bit DDR DRAM, multi-format demodulator supporting DVB-C / QAM Annex B / QPSK demodulation, programmable multi-stream transport demultiplexer with NDS and other advanced security support, 10/100 Ethernet MAC, audio processing unit supporting MPEG and decoding of other formats as well as BTSC encoding, MPEG video decoder supporting both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 Advanced Simple Profile, high quality video scalar and de-interlacer with an advanced 2D graphics engine, hardware JPEG decoding, digital video encoder, audio DAC, digital timing oscillator, and smart card protection and control functions. The SupraTV 260 processor also supports two tuner digital video recording using an external USB hard drive.

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