MILPITAS, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—October 30, 2006— Magnum Semiconductor today announced SonataNet(TM), a new reference design that adds network connectivity and software for connecting video recording and playback devices into home networks and the Internet via the Magnum MS9400 chip platform.
More than half of U.S. homes now have broadband access and nearly
one-third include home networks. Japan and Korea are even further
ahead on the availability of home networks. "With the growing trend
towards home networks, Magnum's technology can enable entertainment
services like video-on-demand wherever there is access to a network,"
said Brian Heuckroth, vice president of marketing for Magnum
Semiconductor. "Magnum's technology makes television an equal citizen
on your home network. With SonataNet you can access Internet-based
services, such as electronic program guides, so that you can schedule
the recording of your favorite TV broadcasts, stream recorded TV
programs to your PC, stream Internet-based audio and video content
from your PC to your TV, or download A/V content from your TV to your
portable media player."
Market research firm iSuppli forecasts that there will be more
than 60 million homes with integrated media networks and 155 million
network-enabled consumer entertainment devices by 2009. "As
manufacturers of consumer entertainment devices adopt network
technologies, such as the SonataNet platform, their products will
increasingly access content on both home and broadband networks," said
Mark Kirstein, vice president for multimedia content and services for
iSuppli. "This will enable remote access to a consumer's content and
provide an important new capability for content to be delivered over
the Internet to TV and/or other entertainment devices."
SonataNet is based on Magnum's MS9400 line of advanced video
processing chips for DVD recorders, DVD and hard disk personal video
recorders, A/V jukeboxes and intelligent digital TVs. The MS9400
incorporates high-performance 108MHz video DACs and for improved
visual quality, advanced features such as direct Digital Video
Broadcasting-Terrestrial (DVB-T) digital TV (DTV) tuner support,
unified memory architecture with dual data rate (DDR) memory and the
new Video Content Protection System (VCPS) copy protection scheme that
may be required to support the broadcast flag in the United States and
other countries by 2007.
SonataNet provides a complete hierarchical software platform with
well-defined application programmable interfaces (APIs). "The ability
to customize is a key part of the SonataNet Platform," said Heuckroth.
"Innovative consumer electronics manufacturers can use SonataNet as
the basis for a variety of new products encompassing the convergence
of DVD recorders, PVRs, media servers and the emerging world of IPTV."
Magnum's MS9400 platform supports very large hard disk drives with up
to 500GB of storage or more, which can hold more than 200 hours of
video content, making it ideal for home networks. Video content can be
transferred to the optical disk at speeds faster than real-time, so
that consumers can conveniently make archival copies of contents
recorded on the hard disk. The MS9400 also supports multiple
compression formats and data rates so consumers can fit their audio
and video content to their available storage space.
The SonataNet reference design includes a complete working system,
with case and connectors, as well as software. It is available
immediately for qualified Original Equipment Manufacturers and
contract design firms, and is priced at $2,500. Optional extras
include software development tools and source code licensing.
About Magnum Semiconductor
Magnum Semiconductor is a premier provider of chips, software,
reference platforms and engineering support for recording, viewing and
managing high-quality audio/video content. Magnum Semiconductor is
headquartered in Milpitas, Calif. with sales and engineering offices
in Korea, Taiwan, Japan and China. Further information is available at
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