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Matsushita uses Geode in broadband box

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Matsushita Electric will use National Semiconductor’s Geode SC1201 set-top-box-on-a-chip and CS1301 multimedia co-processor as the core engines of its new broadband TV tuner.

The x86 Geode DC1201 processor is fully compatible with more than 300 plug-ins and applets available on the Internet and, combined with the Geode CS1301 co-processor, will enable quicker MPEG2, MPEG4 and Windows Media audio and video decoding and encoding.

The Broadnow broadband TV tuner will be released to the Japanese market in November to capitalise on the explosive growth in content distributed through broadband networks such as fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and ADSL.

It also features a tuner for the reception of terrestrial TV broadcasting services and a hard disk, enabling time-shift viewing and use of electronic program guides.

Because it is an always-on Internet connection, the box will enable users to select and record terrestrial TV broadcasting programs at any time through their mobile phone – a function dubbed pre-programmed recording by email, according to National Semiconductor Japan’s IA business division senior director Akihide Asao.

“Our design win for this entirely new category product provides additional proof that National Semiconductor offers the preferred processing solution for emerging entertainment and information devices,” Asao said.

The Geode SC1201 processor is an x86 architecture single-chip device, integrating a Geode GX1 processor, a TV video processor (TV, TFT and CRT outputs), video input port, video output ports, core logic and SuperI/O block, as well as Macrovision copy protection.

The Geode SC1301 multimedia companion combines an 180MHz, 2.5V CPU and a full complement of enhanced on-chip I/O and co-processing units.

In addition to the Geode products, the set top box also incorporates the LM26 and LM3724 analogue components from National Semiconductor, which is distributed in Australia by Arrow Electronics .

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