Magnum Semiconductor Announces SonataNet(TM) Reference Design With Network Connectivity for Streaming, Recording and Playback of Video on Home Networks

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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