9/24/2002 - Texas Instruments announced that Pioneer, a consumer-electronics leader, has chosen TI's integrated 1394a-2000 (FireWire) link layer controller for the world's first 1394-enabled DVD player and audio/video receiver. The Pioneer Elite DV-47Ai DVD-Audio and SACD player provides consumers the ability to pass high-quality digitally-recorded audio information via the 1394 interface, enabling one simple connection to other audio/video products. Likewise, the Pioneer Elite VSX-49TXi flagship audio/video receiver offers a 1394 interface. TI will be demonstrating its FireWire technology at its suite located in the Crowne Plaza Northstar Hotel during the CEDIA Expo in Minneapolis September 25-29.
"By utilizing the IEEE-1394 technology from Texas Instruments, Pioneer is able to offer consumers a one-wire solution to digital connectivity," said Craig McManis, vice president of marketing for the Home Entertainment Division at Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.
About Pioneer’s DV-47Ai
As with all Pioneer Elite DVD players, consumers are assured the highest quality audio and video reproduction. The DV-47Ai includes 108MHz/12 bit video processing and Legato PROTM, Pioneer's refined frequency range expansion technology for better music reproduction. They also offer Pioneer's PureCinemaTM progressive scan circuit to faithfully reproduce the original film frames using 2:3 pull-down inverse telecine technology and display them progressively. If the DVD does not indicate telecine conversion, the PureCinema circuit will process the signal with advanced motion detection and create the new progressive image. The DV-47Ai enables high resolution digital signals such as LPCM (Linear PCM) and DSD (Direct Stream Digital), as well as offer triple Burr Brown 192kHz/24 bit audio processing, six-channel analog audio output, bass management, Dolby DigitalTM, DTSTM and SRS TRU Surround.
The DV-47Ai has the capability of transferring digital audio information from the player to a receiver/pre-amplifier via IEEE-1394. Currently the IEEE-1394 connection allows the digital signal transfer of Dolby Digital, DTS, SACD digital bit-streams, and DVD-Audio bit-streams. The DV-47Ai will be available in fall of 2002 at a suggested retail price of $1200.
About Pioneer’s VSX-49TXi
Pioneer's flagship VSX-49TXi has been updated with an i.Link digital interface – the world's first - to handle multi-channel DVD-A, SACD, and other digital audio signal transmissions between a DVD player and receiver. The benefit: unmatched audio processing, using ONE wire. The VSX-49TXi meets LucasFilm's THX® -Ultra2 requirements for audio playback of all multi-channel and movie formats (including precise 8-channel audio) and processing of all wide-bandwidth signals (like HDTV) with no picture degradation. For easy, accurate system setup, an advanced version of the Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration Circuit (MCACC) evaluates a room's environment and calibrates output accordingly. The VSX-49TXi includes a large LCD touch-panel remote control and the Elite two-year warranty when purchased from an authorized Pioneer Elite dealer. Suggested retail price for the VSX-49TXi is $4,500.
About TI's TSB43CA43
The TSB43CA43, also known as "iceLynx-Micro", builds on TI’s "ceLynx" (TSB42AA4) link layer controller family with the following feature set:
"TI's iceLynx-Micro provides customers with the first DVD-Audio and multi-channel SACD in a single cost-effective integrated solution," said Cecelia Smith, marketing manager of TI's Connectivity Solutions for Consumer Electronics products. "TI a recognized leader in 1394 solutions and has a long history in the digital interface and connectivity market space. This highly integrated architecture enables exceptional cost performance for consumer applications such as DVD Players and Audio/Video Receivers."
TSB43CA43, 5C and Non-5C, samples are available in 176-lead (PGF) low-profile quad flatpack (LQFP) and 176-ball (GGW) MicroStar BGA packages respectively.
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