Thomson is preparing a high-end video decoder chip optimized for set-top boxes (STBs) with personal video recording (PVR) capability. The chip can be used in cable, satellite, or IP boxes.
The chip, designated the 4230, will provide HD decoding for H.264, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, and DivX codecs, as well as standard definition (SD) streams. The company said the 4230 is able to output HD and SD video simultaneously.
The Thomson 4230 supports multiple security formats, as well as dual USB 2.0 and Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) interfaces that support PVR and digital video recording (DVR) applications with or without a hard disk drive connection.
"With the ability to implement a secure video processor (SVP) for the satellite, cable pay-per-view and broadcast markets, we expect the Thomson 4230 to lead the market," said Marc Crosnier, worldwide sales manager of Thomson Silicon Components.