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Philips: DVD+RW Ready For HTiB Systems

San Jose Calif. – Royal Philips Electronics said it has developed a Nexperia DVD+R/+RW chip with six-channel audio functionality suitable for the home theater in a box market.

Philips said the chip integrates a Class-D amplifier with Philips Nexperia DVD+R/+RW technology to produce ‘a total turnkey system solution.’

‘Manufacturers will be able to rapidly address the emerging DVD+R/+RW recorder market with AM/FM Radio, RDS, surround audio decoding and six-channel Class-D in time for the 2003 holiday sales season,’ according to a Philips statement.

Philips is betting that ‘a significant portion of the DVD+R/+RW market will eventually consist of HTiB systems.’

The integrated chip will enable streamlining multiple components into a single HTiB unit.

The additional functionalities added to Philips’ turnkey reference design are based on the Philips Nexperia pnx7100 MPEG CODEC with integrated surround audio decoding (DTS, Dolby Digital or AC3), multi-channel application of TDA8920 Class-D amplifiers, SAA6588 RDS decoder, SAA7715 sound processing DSP, TEA5757 integrated single chip AM/FM radio and UDA1328 Audio DAC.

Philips said volume production of the semiconductor is scheduled for the second quarter of 2003. The pnx7100 will sell for $35 depending on volume and customer.