1/12/2004 - Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) announced the launch of the world's first DVD+R/+RW and hard disk drive (HDD) combination semiconductor reference design. The NexperiaTM Home complete reference design will enable DVD recorder manufacturers that do not have in-house DVD+RW/HDD chip solutions to introduce DVD+R/+RW video recorders with integrated HDD in 2004, in time for the next holiday buying season. Beyond the functionalities of a DVD recorder, a combination HDD device is the next step in the evolution of a true Connected Home environment. The DVD recorder and HDD combination product will come to serve as a media entertainment hub, offering storage and access of digital content from different applications including video, audio and gaming devices as well as data from personal computers (PCs).
"Adding a hard disk drive to a DVD recorder to combine time-shifting and archiving is a great product because in addition to allowing consumers to record TV programming, the hard drive can be used as an audio jukebox and also a place to store the family photo album," said Michelle Abraham, senior analyst with leading research firm In-Stat/MDR. "We forecast the growth of combination DVD recorder and HDD devices to expand worldwide from 1.3 million units in 2003 to 18 million units by 2007."
Philips' DVD video recorder and HDD combination reference design is powered by Nexperia Home semiconductor system solutions, and currently based on the PNX7100 single-chip MPEG-2 codec and Philips' DVD+R/+RW video recorder engine. Philips' solution is industry proven and is in full compliance with the DVD+R/+RW standard. The easy-to-manufacture reference design comes complete with hardware schematics, bill of materials, industry-standard software stack, comprehensive Nexperia Home development kit and documentation. This provides consumer electronics Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) with a low Bill of Materials (BoM) and rapid time-to-market, which is critical in this competitive industry.
"Philips was the first company to offer a complete semiconductor reference design for DVD+R/+RW digital video recorders and has continued to meet the demands of our customers by offering advanced solutions targeting the fast-moving trends in the DVD recording market," said Jeroen Keunen, general manager, consumer and multimedia at Philips Semiconductors. "By leveraging our expertise in Connected Consumer appliances, Philips is committed to providing our customers with turnkey semiconductor solutions in order to bring the benefits of digital video recording, archiving and time-shifting to the end consumer."
Philips will be showcasing the Nexperia Home DVD+R/+RW and HDD combination semiconductor reference design at the 2004 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (January 8-11, 2004). The combination reference design, currently based upon the PNX7100 MPEG-2 codec will be sampling in July 2004 and entering mass production in September 2004.
About Royal Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is one of the world's biggest electronics companies and Europe's largest, with sales of EUR 31.8 billion in 2002. It is a global leader in color television sets, lighting, electric shavers, medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring, and one-chip TV products. Its 166,500 employees in more than 60 countries are active in the areas of lighting, consumer electronics, domestic appliances, semiconductors, and medical systems. Philips is quoted on the NYSE (symbol: PHG), Frankfurt, Amsterdam and other stock exchanges. News from Philips is located at www.semiconductors.philips.com.
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